The Sauchie Juniors’ manager, Fraser Duncan, provided the following comments to Sauchie’s excellent website - http://www.sauchiejuniors.co.uk/index.html - on Tuesday of this week. His very interesting comments summarise the changes to Sauchie’s playing staff, give an insight into the Club’s recent successes (and great start to the new season) and underline what a welcome addition they will be to the Premier League.
Firstly I would like to welcome everyone back for this season, one which will be a massive task and I'm sure a great experience for our young side.
From a manager's view it would be great to see more fans at our home games as I feel the team is doing well and is full of local players from around the wee county. It would be great to see a bigger support following us and helping this bunch of starlets try to achieve as much as we possibly can.
The club is delighted to welcome the new players to Beechwood that can hopefully add to the quality within our team. The most recent bit of transfer activity has seen us bring in Bryn Halliwell from Clyde. Bryn is a first class goalkeeper who the management team worked hard to get and are delighted at him signing, he will add quality and experience that will help our defenders and younger players. He has shown already in recent games the quality and experience he has and I think the experience part especially will spread throughout the squad.
We are also delighted to announce the signings of Billy Brotton from Stenhousemuir amateurs and Darren Dolan from Hamilton Accies. Billy is a left sided player the only one in the squad so he gives us a little bit of balance and he is a very hard working talented player who I am sure will play a big part in our plans this season. Darren Dolan is brother to Stevie who was with us last season and has signed again this year after returning from America, Darren is a goalkeeper who has great ability and a hard working attitude. It's hoped that he can learn from Bryn and progress to become a future star for the club. These two young lads will complete our squad for the season and its now time for us to settle the boys down and concentrate on the job in hand.
Our new signings have done very well so far for our team. Steven Rennie is a solid defender who is an aerial threat in opposition boxes and can deal well with his good defensive quality and experience he brings with him. Scott Mackison is strong and adds a bit of steel to our midfield and has good passing ability, a great addition. Steven Morrison is what we like to call at the club the shoot master which means whenever he gets the ball he shoots. Moray is a goal threat and with a little fitness still to find he will score a lot of goals and be another good addition to the squad. Gary Carrol adds good quality to us with his quick feet and ball control, he will provide another attacking option as well as being able to play in midfield he has great ability and a fiery attitude that will make him want to win all the time.
Adding these players to our squad from last season we are now happy to settle down and work hard in training to get as much as we can from what will be a difficult task ahead.
Several players have left which I have explained in other updates and most recently Steven Learmonth has been put on the transfer list through mutual consent from player and club.
Davy Hardie has left with best wishes from the club. Davy felt it was time to move on and seek regular football. We would like to thank him for his efforts and hard work he has done for the club. He will remembered by the club for his fantastic penalty save against Camelon in last years East of Scotlandcup. Good luck Davy and thanks.
This year's league cup section has seen us drawn in the group of death along with Boness, Camelon, Bathgate, Armadale and new team Falkirkjuniors. So three super league teams including the super league champions.
Our lads have come through the group with a one hundred percent record played five won five and most pleasing is the conceded 0 goals part which is fantastic and I know teams use it as pre season games and that's fair enough but so have we as a club so it obviously means we are doing something right. Well done to the lads for this but its only the warm up and the real business starts on Saturday away to Broughty Ferry.
The league this year is going to be very tough and demanding on our squad, we need to get off to a good start and then it's a case of pick up as many points as we possible can. I would like us to make it very difficult for teams coming to Beechwood and try pick up as many points on the road as we can. The league has a lot of experienced and good footballing sides and its our aim to give a good account of ourselves and anything else from there is a bonus or that's what am telling you anyway.
Please, please, please come along and support your local junior side as they embark on a very exciting league and cup campaign. I can assure you we will be working as hard as we possibly can to make sure we continue to improve and play good football. I am sure any new supporters will enjoy the experience and your support would be gratefully appreciated.