Wednesday 27th May 2015

SONS new gaffer Stephen Aitken is keen to hit the ground running as he settles into the DFC hotseat.

The 38-year old made the switch from Stranraer to the Rock this afternoon and already he’s making plans for the season ahead.

He told us: “There’s no point in hanging around, we have a squad to build and I’ll be speaking to players, starting tonight.

“The players have been in limbo for a while so it’s important to speak to them now.”

On his move from Stair Park, the new Sons gaffer admitted that leaving Stranraer was not an easy decision.

“I have a lot of time and alway will have for that club and it was wrench to leave.

“I had a great 2-years at Stair Park and it was a terrific journey, but I’m absolutely thrilled to now be at Dumbarton.

“When the call came and I knew that the Sons wanted me, I was flattered, but it was not an easy decision to leave Stranraer.

A playing career that spanned 18-years, including 113 appearances for Greenock Morton where arguably he’s best remembered as a player, Stephen is very much looking forward to using his managerial skills in the Championship.

“We’re not scared of big challenges and what lies ahead will be that; a big challenge.

“We’re looking to keep our status as a Championship club and that’s the first priority.”

Stephen and his assistant – Faz – have signed for two-seasons, and will also be bringing in their own backroom staff, including a physio.

“I have my assistant Stephen Farrell with me, which is important as we are a team and we’ll be looking at how we can shape our backroom staff too.

“Meantime, it’s down to business and the task of squad building.”

Alan Findlay

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