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Paul Gallacher

Pollok’s club captain, Paul Gallacher, has retired from football with immediate effect, due to a long-term injury.

Gal joined Pollok in the summer of 2014 from Queens Park. He made an immediate impression on the Newlandsfield faithful with a string of composed displays that quickly became his hallmark.

After leading the team to immediate promotion back to the Premier Division as Champions, Paul remained a stalwart for Pollok in the seasons that followed.

In that time, he made over 200 appearances for the Newlandsfield club, netting 16 times in the process. His retirement comes at the age of 30.

Paul’s qualities as a player were manifest for anyone who watched him play. Athletic, intelligent and elegant, he combined excellent positional sense with skill and determination.

Perhaps less obvious to the onlooker was the level of respect shown to him by his teammates. Over the years, his colleagues have consistently praised his work ethic and motivation. Paul trained the hardest, played the hardest, and was example to all who played alongside him.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Paul said:

“this is the single hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. As a player, you never think about when your career’s going to end. You think you’ll be able to play for ever. I can’t explain the disappointment I feel that it’s ended this way. But I must make the correct decision for myself and my own future. After many weeks of soul-searching, I’ve realised that this is the only option I have”.

“It has been a privilege to play for this club. I feel honoured to have played for and captained Pollok for so many years.”

“Thanks must go to my coaches, my many team-mates and, of course, to the fans who have given me such tremendous support and backing over the years.”

“And of course
, I will certainly be returning to Newlandsfield as a fan.”

The deepest gratitude of everyone connected with Pollok goes to Paul for his commitment and dedication to our club during his 9-year stay. Of course, the best wishes of everyone go to Paul for the future.

Contract extension for Gal

Pollok are delighted to announce that club captain, Paul Gallacher, has penned a contract extension which will keep him at the club until the Summer of 2022.?

Gal joined Pollok in 2014 from Queens Park, where he had spent six years, and has since made 195 appearances for the ?Lok, scoring 16 goals.?

We caught up with Gal (at a safe social distance) to get his thoughts on the next few seasons and why he wanted to commit himself to Pollok. 

?I?m delighted to have agreed an extension to my contract. It was a very easy decision to make. I?ve loved my last 6 years at the club and I feel that I have unfinished business as all I want is to bring success to the club.?

It?s a disappointing end to the season as I would have loved the opportunity to make the Scottish Cup Final and hopefully go on and win it. It?s something I have been so determined to achieve, particularly after coming so close in my second season here.??However, we all fully understand and agree that people?s health and well-being is the most important thing at this point in time.

Looking forward to next season, I feel we have a great squad to build on. A squad which in my opinion is yet to reach its full potential. I am feeling positive about the league restructure and look at it as an opportunity for Pollok to be successful and compete at the highest level possible.?

We can’t wait to see Paul and the rest of the team back on the Newlandsfield turf in the future.