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GOOD things come to those who wait, and Conor O’Keefe has finally arrived at Stranraer.

The new signing almost joined Stevie Farrell’s side in the summer but has now put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season.

The midfielder, who left St Mirren and made his debut against Forfar Athletic on Saturday, said: “I was talking to the gaffer in the summer before I went back to St Mirren.

“Stranraer offered me the chance to come into training but St Mirren offered me a deal and I thought I would give it one last shot.

“It did not work out and I came in for a couple of training sessions with Stranraer and I thought it was the right place for me.”

The 20-year-old had been offered a deal by both Stranraer and Dumbarton during the summer before St Mirren offered him a chance to extend his stay in Paisley.

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Stranraer’s director of football Stuart Millar kept a note of O’Keefe’s progress and got in touch with him towards the end of 2018, offering him the chance to link up with the Blues.

O’Keefe came into training and impressed Farrell, with the new signing immediately put into the squad for the game against Forfar on Saturday.

John Baird’s late strike was enough to ensure the points stayed in Angus but Stranraer’s latest recruit felt his team deserved something from the tie.

He said: “I thought in the first half we were all over them and on the front foot.

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“They were just clinical.

“John Baird put it away but they have not created a lot and were clinical.

“The manager was saying that he was gutted for us.

“He said we 100 per cent deserved something but we cannot give away cheap goals.

“We take the positive performance, it is about results, but if we perform like that results will come.”

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Attention now turns to another away tie, with the Blues heading to Maryhill for a Scottish Cup meeting with Partick Thistle.

Stevie Farrell’s men have not won at Firhill since 2006 when Ian Ross and David Hamilton scored as Stranraer were relegated from Division One.

Thistle are back in that division now and go into the tie as favourites.

O’Keefe, who knew half a dozen members of the Stranraer squad before signing, said: “We are looking forward to the game at a big stadium with a big pitch.

“I think because it is the cup we are not expected to win this but we go there and think we have got a good chance to win.”

Photos: Bill McCandlish, Stranraer FC
Admission for Saturday's Scottish Cup tie away to Partick Thistle is priced at £10 for adults, £5 for concessions.

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SC02 Partick W

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Airdrieonians 0 0
2 Clyde 0 0
3 Dumbarton 0 0
4 East Fife 0 0
5 Falkirk 0 0
6 Forfar Athletic 0 0
7 Montrose 0 0
8 Peterhead 0 0
9 Raith Rovers 0 0
10 Stranraer 0 0


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Squad 2019/20

IN:
David Smith (DEF), Max Currie (GK), Connor McManus (DEF/MID), Dale Burgess (GK, Renfrew), Adam Cummins (DEF), Scott Robertson (DEF), Ryan Thomson (MID), Grant Gallagher (MID), Jordan Allan (DEF).

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

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

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