Friday 14th June 2013

TALKS between out of contract players and management continue but manager Ian Murray is not letting the grass grow under his feet as he prepares for the new season.

He said : “I’m a wee bit disappointed that we haven’t signed up everyone that we made offers to.

“That’s only natural but we have got to get on with things and continue planning.

“The season ahead will have new challenges but it’s attractive place for players to showcase their talents.”

Of the squad that retained first division status, nine have agreed terms alongside new boys Paul McGinn, Scott Smith and Scott Linton plus youth academy graduates Joe Coleman and Ally McKerracher, the manager is pleased with how things are progressing.

“It is early days yet and we have got be pleased that we retained the lads who were important last season.

Youth is the key to the club’s future and the manager is keen to promote as many players as he can from the set up at DFC but advises that patience is the key.

“Dumbarton have actually been a trend setter in this respect”, said Ian.

“Our youth academy has seen massive investment by the club in terms of time and money and players are being given the chance to progress.”

The SFL fixture lists are just a few days away from being published and the boss is keen to find out how the season will shape up.

“It would be good to get a home game first but that’s something we can’t control.

“We just need to take things as they come.”

Fixtures for the new season ahead, under the umbrella of the new Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) are scheduled for release on 19th June, 2013.

Alan Findlay

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