Friday 5th August 2016

SOME footballers may have given up if they’d broken their leg and dislocated their knee within months of each other.

Not Ryan Clark.

The youngster sustained both such injuries last season, but is coming back to Dumbarton for more.

And this time he’s doing it as part of the first team squad, having signed a professional deal during the close season.

So far, it’s an experience the youngster is enjoying, and is hopeful can stay clear of injuries this time.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the new season starting. I’m just trying to get minutes under my belt before it all starts.

“It’s been good to get in with all the experienced players. The likes of Frazer Wright, Darren Barr and Ryan Stevenson are all great to work with and I hope I can learn something from them.

“I’m also glad to be back from my injury – and hopefully nothing will happen like that ever again.

“My broken leg kept me out for about three months and then I dislocated my knee.

“Both of those were in friendly matches, so I am relieved the friendlies didn’t do anything to me this season!”

Ryan is also ambitious for his first season in Sons’ top squad, both for the team and for himself.

He added: “Our first goal is to stay in the league, and then we can aim for mid-table or higher.

“For me personally, it’s about getting as much game time as possible. There are many more experienced players than me, who the manager trusts, but hopefully I can get a chance at some point.”

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Andy Galloway

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