Category: players

Sideserf and Evans sign new deals

Defenders Grant Evans and Mark Sideserf have become the latest players to commit to Pollok for season 2018-2019. They join Gary and Stuart McCann who agreed to extend their Newlandsfield stay last week.

Mark signed for Pollok in the summer of 2015 from Irvine Meadow and has made 98 appearances, scoring 13 goals. He was called up and represented the Scottish Junior national team in October’s Quadrangular tournament.

Grant, who will join us for his 3rd season at the club has so far made 43 appearances in the black and white of Pollok.

More news soon as next season’s squad begins to take shape.

McCann brothers sign on for next season

The squad for the 2018-19 season has begun to take shape with brothers Gary and Stuart McCann committing themselves to Pollok for next season.

This will be Gary’s third season with the club since signing from Irvine Meadow in the summer of 2016. He has made 66 appearances for Pollok scoring 14 goals and assisting many more in the process. Gary was also called up to the Scotland squad for the Junior Quadrangular Tournament last October.

Stuart signed last summer from Petershill and has impressed in the first team scoring 8 goals in 26 appearances.

On the news of these first re-signings for next year, manager Tony McInally had this to say;

“I’m delighted to tie Gary and Stuart up for another season. Gary has proven himself to be one of the best wide players in the league and is unplayable on his day. Stuart has come in and really made his mark in the second half of the season. He’s a joy to work with at training and we hope he can continue to improve next year.”

“We’ve held talks with others in the squad and should be able to announce some more names soon”

Academy duo make the step up

Nathan McGarvey

Pollok are delighted to announce that Nathan McGarvey and Tony Coutts have joined the first team squad from Pollok Under 19’s.

They join fellow academy players Mohamed Niang and Scott Johnson who have both made first team appearances this season.

Speaking on the news of the signings, Pollok FC President Iain McFarlane had this to say;

“It’s testimony to the great work of the academy and first team coaches. It’s a significant step for Pollok FC on our journey to establishing a player pathway and will act as a real encouragement to the younger kids at the academy.”

Tony Coutts

Coutts, a central defender and McGarvey, a midfielder, are integral parts of the 19’s squad and will join up with the first team squad for the remaining league games and West of Scotland and Central cup campaigns.

In the summer of 2017, Under 19’s captain Mohamed ‘Sena’ Niang initially signed on a dual contract and made his Pollok debut in the Sectional Cup win against Arthurlie in August. He has since made nine league appearances and two cup appearances.

‘Keeper Scott Johnson made his Pollok debut earlier this year in the Scottish Cup win against Rossvale, keeping a clean sheet in the process. He also made his league debut in the recent draw with Beith.

In other news, goalkeeper Derick Moore, who had been loaned to Maryhill, has been released by the club.

Lok sign keeper

Pollok have signed Jordan Brown, 23, on loan from Cumbernauld United and he came straight into the side to make his debut against Cumnock Juniors yesterday. He counts Kirkintiloch Rob Roy and St. Roch’s as his other previous Junior clubs.

Allan MacKenzie signs for Bo’ness

The club can confirm this evening that forward, Allan MacKenzie, has moved to Bo’ness Utd of the East Super League Premier.

Since moving back to Pollok for his second spell at the club in 2014, Allan has been a big part of the club’s change in fortunes on the pitch, helping the club achieve promotion to the Premier Division at the first time of asking in 2015. Allan was also part of the squad who got to the Scottish Junior Cup Final in 2016.

Everyone at Pollok would like to wish Allan all the very best for the rest of the season and beyond.

Squad News – January departures and injury update

Following on from the announcement of the David Gormley signing, we’ve got some updates from Tony about some departures and the squad going forward. 

Departing newlandsfield

Martin McGoldrick has left the club after a recent career move has led to the defender moving to the United Arab Emirates. 

“I think people will understand that this is disappointing news, as signing Goldie in the summer was a major coup for the club. To be totally fair to Martin, he’s kept the management team informed throughout the process, so it hasn’t come as a surprise and its allowed us to put a contingency in place. I respect the fact that this is an excellent opportunity for Martin and his family, and he’s right to put those things first.

As a matter of fact, Martin has personally refunded the transfer fee Pollok paid for him to the club. Martin’s a modest guy, and he’d probably rather that was kept quiet, but I think its important that people know what a class act he is. Needless to say, we wish Martin and his family well on their big move”.

Another figure leaving Pollok is central defender Ross McCabe, who has signed for Cumbernauld United. 

“Ross has been the consummate professional during his time at Pollok – he has given everything in games and training with us and was a brilliant person to have at the club. I’m always sympathetic towards players not playing as often as they want but Ross has displayed admirable patience in this regard. Ross is 32 and wanted to play more often in what he considers his last few years so I decided to accept Cumbernauld Utd’s offer and allow Ross to go and play every week – he leaves with our best wishes”

One more player who is moving to pastures new is Nicky Prentice. Nicky signed in the summer from Kilsyth Rangers; however a change of work commitments have meant that he has been unable to get to Pollok training sessions in past 6 weeks and as such the club accepted an offer from Bo’ness Utd to move on. 

“As a junior manager, I only get a short period of time with my players during the week for coaching so I need players who can train regularly. It’s unfortunate that things work out like that sometimes, as I rate Nicky really highly. I’m sorry to lose the player, as he has done excellent, and I’m sure he’ll do well at his new club.”

treatment table

One final update relates to Colin Williamson. Colin hasn’t featured at all so far this season, after heroically playing through injury for the second half of last season. A recent scan on Colin’s groin and abductor injury has shown no need for surgery and can be treated normally. At the moment there is no time frame for return, but the diagnosis has been positive.

“Colin is a big player for us, and he’s been badly missed in midfield. I’m really glad for Colin that he won’t require to go under the knife, but I guess no-one would mind me being a wee bit selfish and saying that I’m glad it won’t be too much longer before I’m able to put Colin back out onto the field in a Pollok shirt.

Thankfully Colin has never had a serious injury before so we are very positive about getting him back to full fitness quickly once we get the go ahead from Ross Hall medical team”

On the squad…

“In terms of team and squad building, I’ve been delighted at the group of players we have at our disposal. Since the start of the season the players have been a great group to work with and in recent weeks and months, there have been real demonstrable signs of them coming together as a real team, great togetherness , will to win, wanting to play and do well for Pollok fans and themselves.

At the start of the season, our sole intention was to build a really strong squad and let things develop. Having taking time to assess the group and the challenges ahead we took positive decisions to improve the quality in the group as the season has progressed by bringing in the likes of Gormley, Wharton and McGregor who have great quality and experience for our predominantly young squad of players. Now we are very happy with the shape and size, strength, competition, quality and importantly, balance of players within our squad. 

Looking back to when we joined Pollok 4 years ago, it shows the tremendous strides the club has made in that period as every top player that becomes available, Pollok are a club that interests them to play for. Everyone at the club is together from fans to Committee to the academy and to the players and management. This shows in the trophies we have won, finals we have competed in and the positivity that surrounds Pollok Football Club – long may it continue” 

MTLN!

Gormley signs on at the Lok

We are delighted to announce that Pollok Football Club have captured the signature of 29-year-old centre-forward David Gormley. Gormley joins the club from Clyde, having previously starred in the juniors for Glenafton, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Auchinleck Talbot. Tony McInally had the following to say;

‘David is a fantastic acquisition for us at this stage of the season. He is a proven striker at junior and senior level having shown his prowess over many seasons. He will be a huge asset to us and he is a different type of striker to what we already have at the club’.

David started his career at Motherwell and has also played for Ayr Utd, Albion Rovers, Alloa and Elgin City. On joining Pollok, David said “Having played a lot of my football in the Juniors, I know just how big a club Pollok are. Newlandsfield is a great place to play football and you always noticed as an opposition player how much the fans got behind the team.  I can’t wait to get started.”

David is available for next weekend’s rescheduled Scottish Cup tie against Rossvale.

Pollok players score three in Scottish International warm-up

Pollok’s international contingent were amongst the goals last night as the Scottish Junior national team rounded off their warm up program ahead of next weeks Umbro tournament with a 7-0 win against Renfrew.

Midfielder Bryan Young wore the captains armband for the international side as fellow midfielders Ross Brash and Gary McCann also started the match for Scotland. Mark Sideserf was named on the substitutes bench.

A first half Ross Brash header to put Scotland 2-0 up was later followed in the second half by another header, this time by Bryan Young, which put the Scots 5-0 up. Gary McCann capped off a fine display with a curling effort in the 88th minute.

The Umbro tournament featuring Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man starts next Wednesday with a programme of 3 games over 4 days. Scotland’s final match against the Isle of Man will take place at Newlandsfield on Saturday 14th October with a 2:30pm kick off.

The full list of fixtures and venues are as follows;

Matchday 1 – Wednesday 11th October – 2:30pm

Rep of Ireland v Isle of Man (Somervell Park, Cambuslang Rangers)

N.Ireland v Scotland (McKenna Park, St.Anthonys)

Matchday 2 – Thursday 12th October – 7:00pm

Isle of Man v N.Ireland (New Tinto Park, Benburb FC)

Scotland v Rep of Ireland (New Western Park, Renfrew FC)

Matchday 3 – Saturday 14th October – 2:30pm

Rep of Ireland v N.Ireland (McKenna Park, St.Anthonys)

Isle of Man v Scotland (Newlandsfield Park, Pollok FC)

Squad News and New Away Kit

Pollok Football Club are delighted to announce the loan signing of Bryan Wharton from Queens Park.

The 27-year-old defender, who was part of Tony McInally’s Scottish Junior Cup winning side at Shotts Bon Accord modelled the club’s new away kit for the next two seasons.

We also welcome new kit sponsors GMB Scotland. GMB works to improve the pay and conditions of GMB members in their workplace with over 600,000 members across the UK.

Bryan spent three seasons at our Southside neighbours making 96 appearances and scoring 7 times.

Wharton follows his father, Peter (pictured playing for Pollok in the annual legends tournament), in joining the Southsiders. Peter played in the black and white between 1985 and 1989.

Manager Tony McInally said:

“Bryan was a big player in Queens’ Park promotion to League 1. I know how committed he is from his time at Shotts and believe he is the perfect addition to our squad”

Welcome to Newlandsfield, Bryan!!