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THERE is a popular saying - "what's good for the goose is good for the gander".

It's no easy task to follow in the footsteps of prolific midfielder Angus Beith, one of Stranraer's most successful loan signings in recent times.

A goal on his debut was just the beginning, as "Goose" struck 8 goals in 14 appearances, earning a move to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

But newcomer Max Ashmore comes across with someone with a point to prove, and no time to wait.

Speaking exclusively to the club website, Max said: "I think I'm ready.

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"I think I've been ready the last two years to play, personally.

"I'm lucky enough that the manager and the staff have put faith in me to be able to play here and hopefully I can put performances on the pitch for them."

Ashmore joined the Blues over the summer following his release from Ross County.

Prior to his spell at the Staggies, he was U20s captain at Rangers, and was primarily utilised as a holding midfielder.

But he's keen to make an impact further up the park.

He said: "I'd say I've been restricted to go forward at times (at previous clubs), but I'd like to get forward.

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"Hopefully there's a bit more freedom for me to push forward and try and get a few more chances and goals.

"I'm left footed, so I like to get on the ball a lot, I like to create chances.

"I know Angus Beith was here last year, he scored a lot of goals so hopefully I can follow along his kind of lines."

The Glasgow-born midfielder has returned to the city after a year up north.

But in addition to the move, he's also making the adjustment from full-time training to a part-time schedule.

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For Ashmore, it's worth it for the chance to play first team football.

He said: "I'm glad I'm playing football at home this year, I get my mum to do my cooking and washing again!

"The training's been good, everything seems professional with pre-match and the bus on the way up, so I've enjoyed it so far.

"Playing men's football every week, it'll be different for me.

"The quicker I get used to it, the better."

Ashmore is one of a number of talented youngsters in the Stevie Farrell's first team squad this season.

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Eleven of the new-look team are 22 years of age or younger, with many of those moving on from Premiership or Championship clubs over the past few years.

It's been a clear signing policy, and Ashmore seems to fit the bill perfectly.

The manager has spoken of his delight at bringing Max to the club, and he seems happy to be here.

He said: "It's been brilliant, the gaffer's been good for me.

"It's good being in about a young group, a young hungry squad.

"We've got a lot of boys who want to prove to people that they can play at first team level.

"We're just raring to go."

The start of the season isn't far away, with the final few pre-season games played this past weekend. Ashmore scored his second goal of the summer in a win over Newton Stewart, before a defeat to Stirling Albion the following day.

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The fixtures rounded off a busy pre-season schedule for the Blues, but the real stuff starts this weekend at Palmerston.

He said: "You'd obviously rather play games than train.

"It's good to get match fitness rather than just training fitness.

"It's all in preparation for the game against Queen of the South - hopefully we can go on and win."


 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 0 0
2 Berwick
0 0
3 Falkirk 0 0
4 Livingston 0 0
5 Stranraer 0 0


Squad 2019/20

Dale Burgess (GK, Renfrew), Scott Robertson (DEF, Airdrie), Ryan Thomson (MID, Dumbarton), Grant Gallagher (MID, Airdrie), Jordan Allan (DEF, Stirling), Mark Stewart (STR, Stirling), Lee Hamilton (DEF, Stirling), James Hilton (MID, Ayr United), Leon Murphy (MID, on loan from Ayr United).

RE-SIGNED: David Smith (DEF), Max Currie (GK), Connor McManus (DEF/MID), Adam Cummins (DEF), Cameron Elliott (STR), Jamie Hamill (DEF), Ian Smith (MID).

OUT: Lyle Avci, Andy McDonald (Elgin), David Brownlie (EK), Chris McGowan, Mark Lamont, Conor O'Keefe, Kyle Turner (Dunfermline).

LOAN ENDED: Innes Cameron, Ali McCann, Joao Victoria, PJ Crossan.

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