Threave Rovers have made five new signings ahead of the new South of Scotland League season.
And gaffer Vinnie Parker doesn’t expect any more new arrivals ahead of the big kick-off next month.
With the arrival of Aiden Kerr from Dalbeattie Star announced last month, the Meadow Park boss has revealed that defenders Ross Green and Stuart Douglas, midfielder Tommy Smith and goalie Kieran McCulloch have all signed on.
And former Queen of the South and Hibs winger Dan Carmichael is set to stay put.
Parker said: “I think that will be us. We’re looking pretty strong with the squad we’ve got.
“I think everyone knew about Aiden and we’ve also signed Ross, who is a left back and was with Dalbeattie.
“Kieran was Heston’s goalie and played the second half against Whitehill on Saturday.
“Tommy was with Heston and Dalbeattie and Stuart played centre half at the weekend.”
Threave kicked off their pre-season friendlies on Saturday against Whitehill Welfare – their first game of 2021 after the South of Scotland League season was declared null and void due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The East of Scotland side ran out 2-0 winners but Parker felt it was a worthwhile exercise, especially with fans back at Meadow Park for the first time since the pandemic began in March last year.
He said: “We had about 70 in hospitality, Whitehill brought a bus with them, there were a couple of folk down from Largs and some folk from Dumfries. It makes a big difference. It doesn’t matter if it’s three folk and a Collie dog or 100, you’re playing in front of people and that’s what matters.
“The main aim was just to get the boys game time. We played really well in the first half but obviously had to change things at half-time, I think we made six changes, just to get minutes into boys.
“We’re not going to be too downhearted at the result.
“They’re a good side and we more than matched them. It was our first game for seven months so I’m not going to be too critical.
“One of the things we’d worked on was set-pieces, both defending and attacking, and we were solid on them so that was great.”
This weekend Threave host Carlisle City at Meadow Park – but a rather different cross-border clash on Friday night could have an impact on proceedings.
Parker added: “It’s the day after the Scotland v England game so I’ve said to the boys they can have a couple of beers and just to do what they want to do.
“Saturday is just about getting game time.
“I’m not really sure what they’ll be like but I think they’ll be similar to ourselves.”