Category: transfers

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.

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.

Gary and Stuart sign up

Pollok are delighted to announce that both Gary and Stuart McCann have committed themselves to the club for another season.

Scottish Junior international, Gary, who signed from Irvine Meadow in 2016, has made 124 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals and chipping in with many more assists.

Younger brother Stuart, joined Pollok a year later after a spell with Petershill. A quick forward with good aerial ability, Stuart has scored 39 goals in 105 Lok appearances.

On capturing the pair, Pollok manager Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say.

On Stuart;

I am absolutely delighted to have Stuart commit his future to the club. He has developed into one of the best and most sought after strikers in the game. His lightening quick pace, bravery, competitive nature and physical attributes make a real nightmare for any defender to deal with. He has also chipped in with his fair share of goals over the season.

Stuart is a brilliant lad who comes from a lovely family. I remember watching his junior debut at 17, it has been a joy to watch him develop. He is a humble lad who just wants to work hard and give his all for Pollok. We are delighted and lucky to have him at the club.

On Gary;

Gary returns for his 5th season at the club where he has played a pivotal role since his arrival. I know better than most that Gary is one of the most dangerous and exciting players in the league. His explosive pace and ability to go past fullbacks gets everyone on the edge of their seats. I have been privileged to watch him produce some of the best moments of attacking play at our level of the game. He is one of the most talented players I have worked with and he is an out and out winner into the bargain.

I look forward to watching Gary give more of those performances at Newlandsfield in the near future.

Sidey extends his Lok stay

A bit of good news on another dreich day for Lok fans – Mark Sideserf has committed himself to the club until the summer of 2021. The one-time Junior Cup winner joined Lok in the summer of 2015 and has made 162 appearances in that time, netting 15 times.

Contract renewals update

On the back of yesterday’s disappointing defeat against Cumnock, Pollok FC can confirm some more positive news – the contract renewals of three key members of the Lok squad. Chris Duff, 28, and Josh Lumsden, 23, are now committed to Lok until the summer of 2021 while Del Esplin, also 28, will be a Lok player until the summer of 2022. Further news on contract renewals can be expected very soon.

Welcome to Pollok…Jordan McMillan

Pollok are pleased to announce the signing of Jordan McMillan on a permanent contract until the end of this season following a successful loan spell. 

Jordan joined the Lok on loan from Dumbarton in December and made 4 appearances before the loan period ended on Jan 27th. After his release from Dumbarton earlier this week, Jordan has put pen to paper on a permanent deal meaning he will finish this season as a Pollok player. 

Jordan has vast senior experience counting Rangers, Partick Thistle and Dunfermline among his previous clubs. 

Welcome to Pollok, Jordan!

One in, one out, another extends their stay

Pollok can this evening confirm the signing of Josh Weir. 25 year old Josh, a forward, featured for the Lok in last weekends 2-0 victory over Hurlford Utd and scored the opener in a recent bounce match against Yoker. He was previously at Barshaw Amateurs. 

Welcome to Pollok, Josh!!

In other squad news, we are delighted to confirm that midfielder Del Esplin has agreed a contract extension until Summer 2022. Del joined Pollok last summer on a two year contract and has already featured 30 times for the club, scoring 3 goals. 

Finally, Pat O’Donnell, who recently joined Yoker Athletic on loan has been released from his contract at Pollok. We’d like to wish Pat all the best in the future. 

Loan updates

Pollok can confirm that following the conclusion of his earlier loan to St. Roch’s, Pat O’Donnell will start off 2020 as a Yoker Athletic player. He scored in their emphatic win over Ardeer Thistle on the 18th of January. Mikey McWilliams has also had his loan at Shotts extended for a further three months. All the best to both players with their clubs.