Friday 22nd June 2018
RORY LOY has spent the last few days doing his homework.
Phone calls had to be made. Decisions had to be taken.
What was best for a striker who has scored goals wherever he has played in the top two divisions of Scottish football?
The answer to that question was Dumbarton.
He’s the signing that has got people talking. The one that could make the difference in the coming season.
It’s very early days of course, but bringing him to the C&G Systems Stadium is viewed, on the inside and out, as a real coup by Sons.
His decision came after several glowing references.
Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, Rory said: “When I found out Dumbarton were interested I spoke to a few of the guys I know who have played for them – Josh Todd and Kyle Hutton.
“David Mitchell too. He’s never played for Dumbarton but played for Stevie Aitken at Stranraer.
“I’ve also worked with Ian Durrant before. There were a number of factors behind the move and I feel I’m ready for something different and a fresh challenge.
“Last season was difficult and I found playing time hard to come by. I felt like taking a step away from full-time football and Dumbarton ticked all the boxes as far as I was concerned.
“Work outside the game is a few weeks away yet and I’m just looking forward to playing football.
“I’m Glasgow-based and the club trains in Glasgow as well as playing not too far away. But that wasn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“I did my research, found that the boys enjoyed playing for the manager, and decided it was the best place for me to play football.”
Together with new team-mate Ross Forbes, Rory has extensive experience of the top half of Scottish football.
He hopes that his partnership with the ex-Motherwell man will lead to chances and goals as Sons adjust to life in League One.
But despite the strong transfer business so far, he’s keeping predictions for the season off his mind at the moment.
He told the club website: “We’re not even at the end of June yet. Teams are still getting players in and it’s too early to say where anybody is going to finish.
“Everybody is just concentrating on a good pre-season, then the friendlies and the League Cup ties.
“Ross has a great left foot on him. We’ve been doing a few football drills in training over the last few nights and you can tell he’s got a really good brain, and quality in abundance.
“I’m always optimistic about scoring goals, whether it’s in the top division, the Championship or League One.
“I’m confident I can do that. I want to get a smile on my face again with goals and good performances.”