Academy Five Sign Full Time Deals

We are pleased to report that five youth academy stars have signed two-year, full time professional contracts as they make the step up to John Sutton’s reserve squad this season.

John Gallacher, Michael Garrity, Ben Docherty, Christopher Stafford and Aidan Duffy all put pen to paper on Friday morning after a successful season playing at 18s under coaches Pat McIlvogue and Sean Crighton.

Development boss Sutton has been impressed with the quintet’s commitment so far and hopes they will be able to develop playing in the Reserve League this season.

Speaking exclusively to he said: “We have high hopes for all five of the boys and coming in full time and being in a professional environment will help them develop to their full potential.

“The dream for them is to obviously play for the first team and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Lewis Strapp and Reece Lyon and looking back further, the gaffer [David Hopkin].

“It’s brilliant that all five boys are local lads and credit goes to Derek Anderson and the rest of the youth academy staff for bringing them to this level and working hard with them for a number of years.

“Hopefully the club and supporters can see the benefits of what the boys can do on the pitch.”

Our reserve squad get their season underway on Monday 19 August where they host Hamilton Academical at Cappielow Park with a 2pm kick off.

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