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Player news: Christie checks in

Pollok are delighted to welcome Darren Christie to Newlandsfield following his departure from fellow West of Scotland League side Beith Juniors. The 32-year-old wide man is a player Lok fans will be well-aware of from his appearances against us over the years and manager Murdie MacKinnon reveals his pleasure in having secured his capture.

Speaking to the Lok website, Murdie said: “It gives me great please to welcome Darren to the club from Beith Juniors. He is a player that I have admired for a number of years. He has performed at the highest levels over the course of his career picking up the Premier League, West of Scotland Cup and Scottish Junior Cup winners medals along the way.”

Thinking of how he will fit into the squad, Murdie added: “He brings a wealth of experience and is a player who will certainly add competition for places. He is another player who adds goals to the team and is the exciting type of player who will get the supporters on the edge of their seats. I know that Darren is desperate to make his stay at the club a successful one and as he looks forward joining up with his new teammates at Pollok.”

“I would again like to take the opportunity of welcoming him to Pollok Football Club.”

Darren had a Pro Youth career at both Celtic (briefly) and St. Mirren before moving onto Barrhead BC and stepped up to the Juniors from St. Peters Juveniles with Neilston where he remained for five seasons. He joined Beith in 2014 and it is from the Bellsdale Park side that he joins Lok.

Two Jordans depart for pastures new

With new signing news imminent, it is sadly farewell to both Jordan Morton and Jordan McMillan. Forward Jordan Morton signed for Lok from Cambuslang Rangers midway through the 2018-19 season and went on to play 25 games for the club, netting four times.

Jordan McMillan signed originally on loan from Dumbarton in December 2019, making his debut at Largs Thistle. Covid-19 curtailed his involvement upon signing permanently in February 2020, with him making six appearances in total.

The club had previously announced that Tony Coutts and Mikey McWilliams were also moving on, with the latter signing up with Rossvale. Everyone at Pollok wishes all of those players well on their future careers.

Pollok launch U20 side

The Pollok website is delighted to confirm that the club will be represented at U20 level in the Lowland Development League. This is a competition that holds games on a Friday evening and while last season it was for clubs across the Lowland League’s catchment, with the influx of West-based sides, a geographical split is likely. Pollok’s side will be managed by former Queen of the South and Airdrie player Stephen McKenna and he will be assisted by Chris Ferguson. Both coached at Airdrieonians U18s last season.

The U20 side will all be eligible for the first team, and in turn, first team players can play a limited number of games themselves – the advantage of that being the opportunity to get game time for players returning from injury as well as giving the youngsters the chance to play alongside some of our stars. Stephen and Chris are currently finalising their squad and signings will be announced in a few weeks time.

Speaking to the website this evening, Stephen (pictured above) said: “I am delighted to be given the responsibility, alongside Chris, to oversee the Pollok Development squad this coming season.”

He continued: “We cant wait to get started and get to work on helping these lads achieve success in their football careers.”

“We will be in close contact with Murdie throughout the season and will be doing everything we can to get these players to the point where they are running out at Newlandsfield for the first team in the coming months.”

You can follow the young Lok’s progress on the website, Facebook and on Twitter as the season progresses. Stay tuned also for news of what other clubs from the West will be taking part.

Adam Forde strikes new deal

Pollok are delighted to confirm that Adam Forde has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Lok until June 2022.

Forde arrived at Newlandsfield in the summer of 2017 from Kilbirnie Ladeside. He has gone on to make 94 appearances for the club scoring 54 goals. He was the club’s top scorer in both seasons 17-18 and 18-19. Pollok boss Murdie MacKinnon was delighted that Adam has agreed to put pen to paper on a new deal;

I take great delight in the fact that Adam has committed his long term future to Pollok FC. He has goal scoring record which is second to none and has tremendous ability to match. He is a great attacking threat and must be a nightmare for opponents to play against.

Although he was being heavily pursued but other clubs, Adam made it very clear that his future lay at Pollok and that he wished to remain at the club long term. We are delighted to have him with us.

We look forward to watching Adam score many more goals for Pollok in the future and hopefully he will be a major catalyst to the clubs success.

Adam is joined in next seasons squad by fellow strikers Chris Dallas, Stuart McCann, Iain Russell, Jordan Shelvey and Josh Weir.

Meanwhile, Mikey McWilliams who came through the Pollok Utd Soccer Academy will leave the club at the end of his contract as will defender Tony Coutts who has turned down a new contract. We would like to thank both players for their contributions over the past few seasons and wish them all the best for the future.

Danny MacKenzie signs again

The club are pleased to confirm that Danny MacKenzie has signed a contract extension with the club until June 2021.

Danny joined the club in 2018 from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and after impressive debut season, he was named Pollok Player of the Year for 2018-19. He has so far made 47 appearances for the club.

We caught up with manager Murdie MacKinnon who had this to say on Danny’s re-signing;

I’m really happy that Danny has decided to extend his stay at the club. He is a super talented footballer who has one of the best engines on the game. Danny has demonstrated this on many occasions. He had a bit of a stop start season last year with injuries but hopefully that is behind him now.

I am sure we will see Danny return to the form that resulted in him being awarded the Pollok FC, Player of the Year in 2018-19. I look forward to seeing Danny once again in the Pollok colours.

Danny MacKenzie joins fellow defenders Paul Gallacher, David Barron, Grant Evans, Gerry McLauchlan and Mark Sideserf in the Pollok squad for the next campaign.

Meanwhile, our Donate a Ticket campaign is ongoing. 100% of donations go directly to the club which helps with ongoing costs as a result of loss of ticket income. Any donations, if you are able, are very welcome.

Contract extension for Barron

Pollok are pleased to confirm that a contract extension has been agreed with David Barron which will keep him at the club next season.

The former St Mirren defender signed for the club last summer and although his season was cut short by a serious injury, manager Murdie MacKinnon was delighted to keep the experienced defender at Newlandsfield and believes his best days at Pollok are very much ahead of him;

I am delighted to welcome David back for a second season at the club. He is an outstanding footballer who’s wealth of experience and tremendous quality will be a welcomed boost to the squad.

Last season ended with a horrendous injury for him but I have to credit David’s determination, attitude, desire and work ethic. This has ensured that he will return stronger and fitter than ever. I look forward to David making a huge contribution to the cause next season as I know how desperate he is to pay back the club and supporters for their support!

Meanwhile, our Donate a Ticket page is still up and running. All funds go directly to the club and they are especially appreciated at a time when our main source of income (gate receipts) is not available. If you are able, any donation is welcome.

Donate here – https://donateaticket.com/donate/pollok-fc/

New contract for Evans

Pollok are pleased to confirm that Grant Evans has penned a new contract to stay at Newlandsfield until summer 2021.

The versatile defender, signed from Irvine Meadow, has been at the club for four seasons making 87 appearances. Grant has played across all four top senior divisions so far in his career with spells at Hamilton, Dumbarton, Greenock Morton and Airdrie.

Speaking about the latest addition to his back line, Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say;

I am delighted that Grant has extended his stay with us. Grant and I go way back to our time at Hamilton Accies where we worked together in the early days of my coaching and his playing career. Since then, he has developed into a terrific player and has shown this on many occasions since joining Pollok FC. Most importantly, he is a winner. I know he wants to win every time he steps onto a pitch whether it be for training or games.

Grant is a player with great experience in both the junior and senior game and I am sure that this will be a huge advantage to us as we move forward into this exciting new chapter in the clubs history.

Meanwhile, our Donate a Ticket page is still up and running. All funds go directly to the club and they are especially appreciated at a time when our main source of income (gate receipts) is not available. If you are able, any donation is welcome.
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Henry latest player to extend Lok stay

Jamie Henry has become the latest Pollok player to put pen to paper on a new contract, keeping him at Newlandsfield until Summer 2022.

The central midfielder signed for Pollok in November 2018 after spells at Brechin, Annan and Aberdeen where he captained the Under 20 side. Jamie has so far made 46 appearances for the Lok.

Pollok boss Murdie MacKinnon was delighted to keep Jamie at the club for another two years.

It’s absolutely brilliant that Jamie has extended his stay at Pollok for the next two seasons. His limitless energy, aggression and competitiveness in the middle of the pitch has been excellent since we brought him to the club.

His attitude to training and is fantastic. He demands the highest standards of himself and his teammates at all times. He has been wonderful to work with and a joy to manage. We are delighted to have him at the club.

West of Scotland League 2020-21 structure finalised

Twenty’s Plenty for Lok!

After months of discussion, weeks of speculation and days of uncertainty, the structure for the new West of Scotland Football League can be confirmed this evening. The initial plan for four conferences of 16/17 clubs was deemed to be unviable, so the outcome that has been arrived at sees the existing West Premiership (16) clubs joined by the top three from the Championship on average points per game, as well as existing Pyramid Tier 6 side Bonnyton Thistle. A 20 team league is therefore what Pollok find themselves in for when football resumes, though that does not automatically mean a 38 game programme. The exact details of promotion and relegation will be determined closer to the big kick off.

The West of Scotland League at tier 6 will therefore contain:

  • Auchinleck Talbot
  • Beith Juniors
  • Benburb
  • Blantyre Victoria
  • Bonnyton Thistle
  • Clydebank
  • Cumbernauld United
  • Cumnock Juniors
  • Darvel
  • Glenafton Athletic
  • Hurlford United
  • Irvine Meadow XI
  • Kilbirnie Ladeside
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
  • Largs Thistle
  • Pollok
  • Rossvale
  • Rutherglen Glencairn
  • Troon

At Tier 7 there will be three equal ‘Conferences’.

Conference A is:

  • Arthurlie
  • Bellshill Athletic
  • Craigmark Burntonians
  • Forth Wanderers
  • Girvan
  • Glasgow University
  • Irvine Victoria
  • Johnstone Burgh
  • Lesmahagow
  • Lugar Boswell Thistle
  • Maryhill
  • Maybole
  • Muirkirk Juniors
  • Saltcoats Victoria
  • Shotts Bon Accord
  • Whitletts Victoria

Conference B is:

  • Annbank United
  • Ardeer Thistle
  • Ashfield
  • Cambuslang Rangers
  • Carluke Rovers
  • Dalry Thistle
  • Gartcairn
  • Greenock Juniors
  • Kello Rovers
  • Newmains United
  • Port Glasgow
  • Renfrew
  • Royal Albert
  • Shettleston
  • St. Cadoc’s
  • Thorniewood United

Conference C is

  • Ardrossan Winton Rovers
  • Drumchapel United
  • East Kilbride Thistle
  • Glasgow Perthshire
  • Kilsyth Rangers
  • Lanark United
  • Larkhall Thistle
  • Neilston Juniors
  • Petershill
  • St. Anthony’s
  • St. Roch’s
  • Vale of Clyde
  • Vale of Leven
  • Wishaw Juniors
  • Yoker Athletic

Below you can follow the league as it develops on social media:
Website: https://wosfl.co.uk/
Twitter: @OfficialWoSFL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWoSFL
Instagram: instagram.com/OfficialWoSFL

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.

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