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United at the double as familiar faces return

WELCOME HOME: (L to R) Co-boss Paul Davies, Darren Hunter, William Mcglone, co-boss Craig Gupwell (Photo: Garry McCabe)

NEWMAINS UNITED have landed a double boost after bringing William Mcglone and Darren Hunter back to the club.

The club’s start to the season has been blighted by a huge number of call-offs every week.

Co-managers Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell blasted player commitment and insisted they would target new faces.

They have been true to their word after attacker Mcglone and striker Hunter put pen to paper.

Mcglone returns after leaving for Forth Wanders towards the end of last season while Hunter was dogged by injury but is fit again after a spell at Larkhall Thistle.

Gupwell reckons the arrivals are a major statement of intent.

He said: “We are delighted to welcome a couple of familiar faces back to the squad. Over the last few weeks we have been continually let down by some players’ commitment.

“Due to this we have moved to bolster the squad and feel we have managed to bring in some much needed quality.

“Both William and Darren have played under us previously and we know the type of guys we are getting.

“William used to play under Paul at Carluke FC and was one of the boys who made the move to the junior game when the two clubs merged at the start of last season.

“He adapted brilliantly to the new level which tempted Forth into making a move for him halfway through last season.

“Losing William at that point was a massive blow. For one reason or another he didn’t quite settle at Forth. As soon as we were made aware a return was possible we moved quickly to secure a deal for him.

“We would like to thank Forth for the way they handled the deal. Darren was one of our other first signings at the beginning of last season.

“Unfortunately a niggly knee injury meant he never quite forced his way into the team before deciding to move on and try his luck elsewhere.

“We kept tabs on him and after a decent spell at Larkhall Thistle we’re delighted he seems to have put his injury troubles behind him.

“He has now returned to us looking leaner than before and hungry to come in and prove a point.”

Both players impressed on their second debuts in last weekend’s loss to Johnstone Burgh.

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Muirkirk, Gupwell added: “We are over the moon to have two young lively energetic players joining our squad.

“If their second debuts on Saturday are anything to go by – either of them could have been named man of the match – they’ll play a massive part in improving our results over the next few weeks.”