Sunday 31st August 2014

YESTERDAY at Dumbarton FC was a bittersweet day for all connected with the club.

Chris Kane who enjoyed a 10-goal loan spell from parent club St Johnstone last season re-joined for another six-month period and triggered the release of Bryan Prunty.

Prunts 4-season association with Sons ended with his contract being cancelled allowing him to sign for his home town club at Airdrie.

And so after 75 appearances as a first choice (plud 36 from the bench) and 33 goals a new era has started for the hitman and as soon as the news broke of his departure, Bryan was keen to register his appreciation to everyone who supported him at DFC.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to leave,” said Prunts, “but I need to be playing regularly and the gaffer (Ian) told me I was still part of his plans but with no guarantee of being a first pick.

“I understand fully the situation so when the opportunity came along to consider a move to Airdrie I thought about it long and hard and in the end decided it was best to move on.

“I’ll take with me some great memories of my time at Dumbarton, not least the relationship I had with the fans.

“What a great bunch they are and truth be told, I’ll miss each and everyone of them.

“I was very emotional yesterday especially when the news broke that I was leaving.

“Supporters came up to me and wished me well. It was tough to hold it in.

“I’d like to thank everyone who made my time at Dumbarton very special indeed.

“Hopefully I’ll be allowed back from time to time!”

Before he left the building for the last time as a Sons player, ever the gentleman, Bryan took time to hand over his No 15 shirt to Gillie Brough, who is his sponsor for the season.

“That was a hard moment,” confessed Bryan.

“But Gillie needed the shirt for her birthday celebrations next month when she goes abroad, so what’s a bloke to do?!?”

All the very best Bryan in your future career from everyone at Dumbarton Football Club.

Haste Ye Back!

Alan Findlay

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