Tuesday 9th July 2019

HE left the club two years ago, with his future uncertain.

Now Lewis Crawford is back at Dumbarton with a much better idea of where he is heading.

And after two assists in Saturday’s friendly victory against Dundee United, who could blame him for hoping to take his place in the first team for the immediate future?

The 19-year-old became a signed player for Sons during the week, and started against the Terrors on Saturday.

His cross was scrambled home by one trialist for the first goal, and another trialist converted his through ball for the second in a 3-2 victory.

After a whirlwind last few days, it was a well-worked right back who emerged after the game, waiting to meet up with his family, including his brother, DFC matchday Twitter commentator Jack Crawford.

Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, Lewis said: “It’s not a bad start and I’ll certainly take the claim for each of them!

“We’ll also take the victory and look to keep it going, and try and win against Hamilton Accies in our next friendly.

“We’ll see how far we can go in that one and hopefully it can take us into the Betfred Cup ties, starting at Annan.

“It’s good to be back at Dumbarton. I’ve let myself learn the hard way but I’ve come back and shown the manager that I’m good enough for this level.

“I’m here to help the team, but it means a bit more with my family being involved here and supporting the club.

“I went to Clyde under-20s after I left. The coach, Tony McNally, was the one I had at Dumbarton and he took me there when Dumbarton ended the youth setup.

“But the same thing happened with them – their youth disbanded.

“I’ve played in the top division of junior football with Petershill. There are some really good players in that league and it was a good test for me.

“I did think I’d get another chance at Dumbarton. I didn’t expect to get signed so soon but I’m glad it’s worked out the way it has.”

Attention now turns to tonight’s (Tuesday) friendly against Hamilton Accies, ahead of the first competitive fixture at Annan Athletic on Saturday.

Lewis added: “Hamilton have been in the Premiership for a few seasons now, so they will give us a good, tough test.

“But after what we did against Dundee United, we’ll look to impress ourselves.”

Andy Galloway

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