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.


“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 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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