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A BRIEF spell working under Stevie Farrell more than a year ago was all it took to convince Luke Donnelly that his future lay at Stair Park.


The frontman left Queen’s Park earlier this summer and, despite offers from elsewhere, opted to put pen to paper to lead the Stranraer line.

He said: “I had a few offers but I was in at Dumbarton for a week with a view to going out on loan when I was at Celtic.

“Stevie Farrell [who was assistant manager at Dumbarton] took the training and it was really good.

“I liked what he had to say and I heard from a lot of people that his training was excellent.

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“After that, I was looking forward to coming to Stranraer.

“There were another few teams and I was seeing what was out there but as soon as I spoke to the manager my mind was made up.”

The ex-Celtic youngster is one of a dozen new faces to join the Blues over the summer.

And strangely, the players already at the club are outnumbered by the new signings.

Donnelly, who works as a printer, said: “I am getting to know the new boys and there were a few trialists at the club as well.

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“We are all settling in very well and we have got a good group of boys.

“We all get on, training has been enjoyable – it has been good but hard.”

The move from Glasgow down the A77 came after the Spiders were relegated from League One via the play-offs, with Stenhousemuir taking their place in Scotland's third tier.

Despite the drop, Donnelly finished the season on eight goals – a career best – and has continued that impressive form with a sumptuous strike in pre-season against Annan Athletic, as well as a goal on his competitive debut against Queen of the South in the Betfred Cup.

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The 22-year-old described double figures as “a realistic target” and said: “Hopefully, that form continues.

“I would say I have got a good range of finishes and I would like think I could score more than eight.”
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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 10 24
2 Raith Rovers 10 20
3 East Fife 10 19
4 Airdrieonians 10 13
5 Brechin City 10 13
6 Stranraer 10 12
7 Forfar Athletic 10 12
8 Stenhousemuir 10
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9 Dumbarton 10 8
10 Montrose 10 8


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)