Updating the first week of the close season within the SFL transfer market brings not a few surprises but as the SPL seem to be swapping their players round the SFL have no choice but to beg borrow or steal from each other! Brechin City forward Rory McAllister has become the surprise rumour of the internet as people are suggesting that, rather than chase a fat cheque in the SPL he’d prefer to play on front of Bobby Mann at Peterhead. If McAllister has signed on at Peterhead it will have more to do with his plumbing job than a lack of ambition as a footballer. Taking the plunge into the SPL as a full timer does not come without its issues –ask Gareth Wardlaw, ex-postie, ex-St Mirren player…
Jim Weir has, however, strengthened the squad he does have with ex Dundee and St Mirren midfielder Garry Brady signing as well as ex Raith, East Fife, Stranraer and Albion Rovers striker Paul McManus and Stirling Albion defender Scott Buist. Weir had already confirmed that Jim Lister was in from Alloa Athletic as well as new deals signed, sealed and delivered for goalkeeper Craig Nelson and midfielder Neil Janczyk. It’s an impressive spree.
Annan Athletic have only added Jack Steele to the previously noted squad list in midfield. He has resigned for another year. Annan’s squad was more or less already settled so that’s a wee boost of nothing else.
The managerial merry go round has been started up again and the East Stirling post sees John Coughlin back in football after the Stenhousemuir sacking earlier in the season. With Jimmy Nichol’s alleged departure yet to be confirmed to Kilmarnock, Cowdenbeath look like they will be dusting down their adverts soon for their next appointee.
In what must be the most bizarre development in Scottish sport, Stirling Albion are looking to raise £6,000 charging £200 per head for applicants to attend an interview. I am not sure what the legal ramifications of such a move are but surely some smart lawyer somewhere can work it out. The game that is being held from which Jocky Scott will pick new players, must be the wrong side of employment law somewhere – or is it? There are players from all over apparently jumping at the chance of playing for the chance to play with the relegated squad. They even have Firstpoint Soccer USA as sponsors. You have to hand it to them. Trials have been in long before Clyde held them in 2005 but the impetus that Clyde gave them have made them more popular than they ever were. Elgin hold theirs on 25th July so at least two SFL clubs will continue the tradition. The number of players actually offered terms though tend to be small and you have to question their value at times. Don’t you???