Thursday 22nd August 2013

NEW signing Colin Nish can’t wait to get started in his role as Sons under-19s coach as he takes his first steps towards management.

Colin, who joined up at the Bet Butler Stadium yesterday, recently played for Dundee, on loan from Hartlepool United who released him in May, and is keen to use his experience to help the youngsters who will be under his charge.

He said: “I want to get into coaching and management at some point and getting the opportunity to work with lads at Dumbarton will be a great opportunity.

“The club has a good reputation for youth development and with the guidance of the coaches I’m sure everyone will benefit.”

A Hibs fan who grew up in Musselburgh, Colin started his career with Dunfermline, where he made his debut in the 1998–9 season. He played 145 games for Kilmarnock from 2003-8, netting 40 goals.

He was at Hibs from 2008-11, and played alongside Sons boss Ian Murray.

“It’ll be strange having to take orders from Ian,” continued Colin. “We’ve known each other for years. In fact we played in the same under-10s team all those years ago, but this will be different!

“Playing for the first team at Dumbarton is my priority and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“The team did well to stay up last season given the start they had and this season things will be a little tougher, but there is no reason why we can’t compete in the same way.”

Colin will team up with Sons under-17s coach Richard Salveta and the pair will have their first meeting over the next couple of days.

“I’ll catch up with Richard at training and we’ll work out a way forward. As before, I hope I can bring my playing experience to bear,” said the striker.

Gaffer Murray added: “I’m delighted that Colin has accepted the chance to become first a player at the club and to lead our under-19s.

“I’m sure it will be a good move for all concerned.”

Alan Findlay

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