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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 on film – A look at the community and academy

Supporters Direct and Club Development Scotland sent the cameras to Newlandsfield a few weeks back to look at how Pollok FC works with the community through the academy and as a club.

We’re extremely proud of what the club has achieved. This short film highlights what can be done with dedication, belief and hard work. We hope you enjoy it.

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Thanks to Scott Johnston of The Footy Blog for his work in putting this together.

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” 

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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.

 

Festive draw winners

Thanks to all who dropped by the club over the weekend to grab some stocking fillers and take part in the prize draw. Despite the postponement of our game on Saturday, there was also a superb response to our food bank collection which is greatly appreciated.

The winners of the prize draw are below. Winners should contact Stuart McCulloch on 07985 741541.

Congratulations to all!

We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

GAME OFF – Pollok v Kilwinning Rangers

Due to this weeks sub zero temperatures and rain, the playing surface at Newlandsfield is unplayable and todays match against Kilwinning has been postponed.

The pop up Pollok shop which was due to be at Loks will now be open in the pavilion and we’d like to invite you to join us between 12:30 and 4:00pm to pick up some stocking fillers, grab some festive raffle tickets or ceilidh tickets and enjoy a mince pie, tea, coffee or mulled wine.

And just to remind supporters, our annual festive draw takes place on Sunday at 2pm, also in the pavilion. This will be another opportunity to pick up a calendar, scarf, hat or one our brand new mugs for your favourite Pollok supporter. The pavilion will be open from 12 ’til 5 on Sunday and you could win the raffle’s top prize of £250 or one of the many other prizes on offer.

Festive Weekend at Pollok FC

Christmas is edging closer and it’s a busy time at Pollok FC, on and off the pitch. Next weekend (16/12) we welcome Kilwinning Rangers to Newlandsfield for what promises to be a close fought encounter. This will be our last home game of the year and forms part of a weekend of much activity at Newlandsfield.

On Saturday 16th December, we will have a pop-up Pollok shop in Loks function suite which will take care of any last minute stocking fillers for that Pollok fan in your life. We’ll be open before and after the match where you are welcome to come and enjoy the day with us. The 2018 Pollok calendar (£8) is pr

oving popular and the remaining copies will be on sale along with other club merchandise including hats, scarves, mugs and the much coveted Pollok club tie.

In the event of a weather related postponement, the pavilion will be open on Saturday between 12:30 and 4:30pm.

And then on Sunday 17th December the pavilion will be open between 12pm and 5pm for the annual Pollok Christmas Prize Draw (Draw takes place at 2pm). This event is a popular date in the club calendar and among the many prizes on offer this year are a Fitbit, a £50 Majestic wines voucher and the top prize of £250. The draw will be in safe hands with Jordan Longmuir as our special guest for the day. Club merchandise will also be available for purchase.

 

Finally, with a brief look ahead to 2018, the club will introduce what we hope becomes an annual fixture in the off the field calendar. On Feb 3rd 2018 we will hold the Pollok Football Club Ceilidh in the function suite at Loks. Tickets cost £25 and include a 3 course meal and live Ceilidh band. You can grab your tickets early for this next weekend either in Loks on Saturday or at the Christmas Draw on Sunday.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.