Category: transfers

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. 

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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.”

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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” 

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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.

Wharton pens permanent deal at Newlandsfield

Pollok FC are delighted to announce this evening that defender Bryan Wharton has signed a permanent deal with the club until the end of the season. Talking about the signing, Lok manager Tony McInally had this to say;

“It’s great we have Bryan for another six months. I would like to thank Queens Park manager Gus MacPherson for his co-operation in getting this move complete. Bryan has shown in training and on the pitch that he obviously wants to be here and he has proved a solid addition to our defence this season.”

Since arriving on loan from Queens Park in September, Bryan has featured nine times for Pollok, scoring once and has proved popular with the fans winning two man of the match awards in his short spell.

“Everyone at the club made me very welcome during my loan with the club, and I’m really happy to be extending my stay at Newlandsfield. I was disappointed with the loss in the [Sectional League Cup] final but there are still multiple opportunities to win silverware this season that’s what the rest of the squad and Tony are focused on”

Bryan is available for selection tomorrow for our match against Arthurlie at Newlandsfield.

 

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!!

Squad News: Lok sign McGregor

Pollok are delighted to announce the signing of Ryan McGregor.

A versatile central midfielder, Ryan is no stranger to the Newlandsfield support having played 23 times for Pollok in the 2009-10 season, scoring 6 goals along the way. Ryan has been without a club since his departure from Arthurlie last month where he had spent the previous five seasons.

Ryan joins the squad for this afternoon’s game against Kilwinning.