Monday 5th October 2020

WHEN Chris Hamilton makes his debut for Dumbarton tomorrow evening, he’ll be no different to every other player.

He’ll take to the pitch desperate to play his first competitive game for over seven months, and to finally start another season.

But two things make it a bit more special. One involving each team taking part.

On the home side, he’ll be playing his first game for a new club in a loan deal from Hearts until January. In the away corner will be the team he grew up idolising.

The black and white scarf of his local team, though, will stay firmly in its drawer for the night. It will be all about helping Sons to start their competitive business with a positive result.

Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, Chris said: “I’m very happy and very excited. My agent spoke to the manager as people were keen to get me a loan move, and from there it was just a case of getting everything sorted.

“I’m really looking forward to the game. It has been a while without competitive football, so to have the opportunity to get back to it will be brilliant.

“It will be a big game against Dunfermline, and tough for us with a new team, but all the players are looking forward to it.

“I grew up in Dunfermline and I’ve been going to their games since I was young, so the fact my debut is against them will make it a bit more special.

“I spoke to Robbie Neilson (Hearts manager) earlier in pre-season in discussions about where he sees me playing in the future.

“He was keen for me to play a defensive midfield role and we thought that Dumbarton was the right place to come.

“Jim Duffy was also really keen to bring me on board and play me in that position, so that was a big factor in my decision.”

As it stands, Chris’ loan deal will only take in the first ‘third’ of the League One season and a small part of the second.

But his ambitions for it remain high as he targets a role in a successful campaign for the club.

He added: “I need to be playing as many games here as I can, and we also need to win games.

“We know it will be a tough league, so every week will be a challenge for us, but we are looking forward to taking on the challenge.

“We’ll see how far up the table we can get, and we’ll see what the state of play is in January.”

Andy Galloway

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