Sunday 16th July 2017

DOUGIE HILL’S goals for Dumbarton are no different to anybody else’s.

He just wishes they could achieve their main target at the expense of somebody other than the team he’s just helped to promotion.

After a successful spell as a trialist, the centre half signed a one-year deal with Sons yesterday.

He was part of the Brechin City squad which won promotion to the Championship through the playoffs last season.

While Dougie has now left Glebe Park, several of his former team-mates have stuck around, and he admits it will be a challenge winning vital points off the division’s other part-time side.

Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com after yesterday’s 2-1 win over Clydebank, Dougie said: “I’m delighted and I can’t wait to get started as a signed player.

“It wouldn’t be a nice feeling relegating a former club, but that’s my job. Brechin are a team we have to compete with for points.

“I wouldn’t say they proved anybody wrong by finishing in the top four of League One last season.

“They were good enough to get into the play-offs, but nobody thought they would beat Raith Rovers or Alloa and they deserved to go up.”

Dougie has played as a trialist in every pre-season game before becoming a signed player after the win over the Bankies.

He has been impressed by what he has seen so far – and is looking forward to the first competitive game, at home to Ayr United in Tuesday’s Betfred Cup tie.

He added: “It’s been good being part of things so far. The last year has been a change for me, playing in League One, and you can see the tempo right away in training.

“The games have been good – they’ve all been decent exercises for us. We’ve played against different teams from different levels and they’ve all been a challenge for us.

“Now we have the competitive action ahead, and we are all excited for it to start.”

Andy Galloway

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