Goalkeepers

  • Lewis Budinauckas (Rangers, loan)
  • Andrew Downie

Defenders

  • Sean McIntosh
  • Craig Ross
  • Kyle Girvan
  • Cammy Williamson
  • Finn Ecrepont
  • Chris McQueen

Midfielders

  • Scott Robertson
  • Grant Gallagher
  • Dean Hawkshaw
  • Dylan Forrest
  • Matty Grant
  • James Dolan
  • Kyle Fleming
  • Chris Johnston

Strikers

  • Thomas Orr
  • Ben Armour
  • Deryn Lang
  • Aiden Gilmartin (St Mirren, loan)

Out on loan

  • George O’Connor (Goalkeeper, on loan at Kilwinning Rangers)
  • Ben Hughes (Midfielder, on loan at East Kilbride)
  • Josh Walker (Midfielder, on loan at Annan Athletic)

Player profiles

1 – Andrew Downie

Position: Goalkeeper
Date of birth: N/A
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Creetown, Stranraer Reserves

Home: Available
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Andrew Downie stepped up from the Blues’ South of Scotland League side in October 2023, having been a deputy for the first team on several occasions over the years.

Andy made an appearance against Ayr United in pre-season, having previously featured on the Blues bench as far back as 2014.

The Dunragit shot-stopper now has an opportunity to challenge Rangers prospect Lewis Budinauckas for the position.

2 – Scott Robertson

Position: Defender or midfielder
Date of birth: 26/11/87
Place of birth: Irvine
Previous clubs: Arbroath, Partick Thistle, Fram Reykjavic, Stirling Albion, Queen of the South, Airdrieonians

Home: Claire Fergusson
Away: Euan Wilson and Brendan Todd
3rd: Jackie Gilchrist

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Comfortable in any defensive role or in the heart of midfield, Scott Robertson scooped up several Player of the Year Awards in his lengthy first spell at the club, and his consistency and versatility saw him become a firm favourite with supporters over many years.

The experienced defender returned from Airdrie in summer 2019 and has completed nine seasons at Stair Park, recording his 300th appearance at Ochilview in September 2022.

3 – Cammy Williamson

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 5 March 2003
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Motherwell, Falkirk, Annan Athletic

Home: Lorna Campbell
Away: Andrew Barber
3rd: Available

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Left back Cammy Williamson joined us in June 2023 following his departure from Annan Athletic, where he made 28 appearances last season to help the Galabankies to promotion.

The young prospect was previously with Falkirk, making six appearances for the Bairns after rising through the youth system at Motherwell.

4 – Kyle Girvan

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 12 September 2001
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: St Mirren, Kilbirnie Ladeside

Home: Denise Girvan
Away: Stuart Coulman
3rd: Raymond Bruce

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Kyle Girvan signed for a development fee from Kilbirnie Ladeside in June 2022.

The young centre back rose through the St Mirren youth academy before spending two years with the Blasties, making a name for himself in the West of Scotland League.

Kyle picked up the Player of the Season award in 2022/23 having made 34 appearances in his debut year for the Blues.

5 – Craig Ross

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 9 June 2002
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock, Kilwinning Rangers

Home: Pogo and Rhys Paterson
Away: ADD ONE
3rd: Available

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Craig Ross joined us from Kilmarnock in June 2021, having spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Kilwinning Rangers.

The centre back showed consistency and composure early on to become a first team regular, demonstrating his threat in the box from set pieces with a series of excellent goals.

Craig scooped the Player of the Year award in his first season of senior football and recorded 30 appearances in the 2022/23 campaign.

The talented young defender has been an important player in his three seasons at Stair Park.

6 – Chris McQueen

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 20 February 2002
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Celtic, Stenhousemuir, Weymouth, East Kilbride

Home: Available
Away: Available
3rd: Duncan Kerr

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Former Celtic youth defender Chris McQueen put pen to paper in January 2024.

Capped at under 17s level for Scotland, McQueen moved to Stair Park following his departure from Lowland League challengers East Kilbride, having previously turned out for English National League outfit Weymouth.

The centre back has previous SPFL experience, having spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Stenhousemuir.

7 – Ben Armour

Position: Striker
Date of birth: 17 April 1998
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Queen’s Park, Greenock Morton, Annan Athletic, Dumbarton, Peterhead, Alloa Athletic, Forfar Athletic

Home: Alex Smith
Away: Jaxon Smith
3rd: Billy Robb

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Ben Armour joined us in June 2023 after a season which saw him finish as Forfar’s top scorer.

The striker rose through the youth ranks at Queen’s Park before earning his professional debut during his two year spell at Morton, where he also spent time on loan at Annan and Dumbarton.

A further two year stint at Peterhead followed, before single seasons with Alloa and Forfar.

Ben has noted that he’s happier than ever with his fitness this time around, and the evidence of this has been demonstrated on the park.

8 – Grant Gallagher (captain)

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 11 January 1991
Place of birth: Irvine
Previous clubs: Celtic, Dumbarton, Airdrieonians

Home: Bill Paton
Away: Jackie Gilchrist
3rd: Dave Bell

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A popular figure around the club with nearly 300 appearances to his name, Grant Gallagher is in his second spell at Stranraer having returned in summer 2019.

Gal originally joined us in 2010 and spent five seasons with the Blues, narrowly missing out on promotion before leaving for Dumbarton in 2015.

The defender turned midfielder scored his only goal of 2018/19 against us for Airdrieonians at Stair Park, before missing the 2019/20 season through injury.

Overcame this setback to become a first team regular again for the Blues, and accepted the captaincy ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Deserves great credit for battling a long-term injury and returning to regular football.

9 – Thomas Orr

Position: Striker
Date of birth: 13 March 1997
Place of birth: Livingston
Previous clubs: St Mirren, Greenock Morton, East Stirlingshire, Livingston, Queen’s Park, BSC Glasgow, Stenhousemuir

Home: Martin, Catrina and Alastair Young
Away: Matthew Bell
3rd: Steven Hardie

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Tam Orr initially joined us in summer 2020 after two prolific seasons at BSC Glasgow in the Lowland League, which saw him score 43 goals in total.

Having turned out for Morton, East Stirlingshire, Livingston and Queen’s Park as a youngster, Orr made his mark on League Two with 11 goals in his first season at Stair Park.

Returned in summer 2023 as Scott Agnew’s first signing.

11 – James Dolan

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 28 May 2003
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Ayr United, Cumnock

Home: Peter Gerrard
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Former Ayr United youngster James Dolan made the move down the A77 to Stranraer in summer 2023.

A left winger, James likes to run at the opposition backline and joins us having spent time on loan with Cumnock last season, making regular appearances for the Townhead Park side.

The wide man is off to a promising start as he bids to make his mark in the SPFL.

13 – Lewis Budinauckas

Position: Goalkeeper
Date of birth: 19 June 2002
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Rangers, Raith Rovers, Civil Service Strollers

Home: Available
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Lewis Budinauckas joined us on loan from Rangers in September 2023.

The young keeper previously spent time on loan with Raith Rovers and Civil Service Strollers, more recently wearing the number one jersey for Rangers’ B team in the Lowland League.

The son of former Blues goalkeeper Kevin Budinauckas has also seen first team involvement at Ibrox, having been an unused substitute for the Champions League clash with Napoli in September 2022, one week after occupying the bench for Scotland Under 21s.

14 – Dean Hawkshaw

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 24 April 1997
Place of birth: Kilmarnock
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock, Airdrieonians, Glenafton Athletic

Home: Duncan Kerr
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Dean Hawkshaw rejoined the club in July 2021, having spent time at the Blues on loan in the 2017/18 season.

The creative midfielder made 21 appearances for Kilmarnock before his first spell on loan at Stair Park, before turning out for Airdrieonians and Glenafton Athletic.

Dean notched up a total of five assists and one goal in his return season at Stair Park, but injury curtailed his 2022/23 campaign which saw two goals in 20 appearances.

16 – Dylan Forrest

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 14 January 2002
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Celtic, Hamilton Accies, Cumbernauld Colts

Home: Sport Skillz Coaching
Away: Douglas Ritchie
3rd: Available

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A former Scotland under 17 international and Celtic youth prospect, Dylan Forrest joined us in June 2022 following a successful trial spell.

Dylan is a tough-tackling central midfielder with an eye for a pass, and spent a season with Cumbernauld Colts having recovered from an injury suffered at his previous club Hamilton Accies.

Made 35 appearances in his debut season at the heart of the Blues midfield.

17 – Aiden Gilmartin

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 30 July 2002
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Ayr United, Albion Rovers

Home: Available
Away: Available
Third: Available

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Young forward Aiden Gilmartin joined on a six month loan deal from Premiership side St Mirren in January 2024.

Aiden made his debut for the Paisley side against Aberdeen aged just 16, before spending time on loan at Cowdenbeath and East Kilbride.

18 – Kyle Fleming

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 25 February 2002
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Celtic, Dundee, Annan Athletic, Albion Rovers

Home: Fred MacPherson
Away: Adele’s Hair Company
3rd: Martin McLelland and Vicky McNally

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Kyle Fleming arrived at Stair Park at the end of June 2023, shortly before our opening pre-season fixture.

The midfielder boasts an impressive pedigree, having spent time with both Celtic and Dundee as a youngster.

In recent seasons, Fleming has gained SPFL experience at both Annan Athletic and Albion Rovers, making 43 appearances last term at Cliftonhill.

19 – Finn Ecrepont

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 30 July 2002
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Ayr United, Albion Rovers

Home: Tom Buchanan
Away: Available
Third: Available

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Scotland youth international Finn Ecrepont initially joined us on loan from Ayr United in January 2023, making 13 appearances and scoring once.

Despite returning to Somerset Park at the end of the 2022/23 season, Finn found his first team opportunities limited at the Championship side.

Having kept in contact with Scott Agnew, the left back turned down League One offers to make a welcome return to Stair Park in January 2024.

An attacking threat going forward, Ecrepont scored an audacious 70-yard wonder goal which made headlines in February 2024.

20 – Chris Johnston

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 3 September 1994
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock, Raith Rovers, Dumbarton, Peterhead, Clyde, Annan Athletic

Home: Matthew McCallum
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Chris Johnston joined us on an 18 month deal to become the first signing of the January 2024 transfer window.

Johnston boasts extensive SPFL experience with Annan, Peterhead and Clyde and played regular top flight football over four seasons in his formative years at Rugby Park, before two years in the Championship with Raith and Dumbarton.

The 29 year old made over 140 appearances for the Galabank side, scoring 14 goals over two spells and helping them to promotion.

22 – Sean McIntosh

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 10 January 1997
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Celtic, Airdrieonians, Brechin City

Home: oldfootballshirts.com
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Predominantly a right back, Sean McIntosh joined us in June 2021 following two years at Brechin City and three seasons at Airdrieonians.

Sean rose through the youth ranks at Celtic, and has been a first team regular since arriving at Stair Park.

Now in his third season with the Blues, ‘Shifty’ picked up the Player’s Player of the Year award from his team mates for his efforts in the 2022/23 season.

23 – Matty Grant

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 16 November 2001
Place of birth: –
Previous clubs: Bellshill Athletic, St Mirren, Pollok

Home: Janet Thomson
Away: G&M Motors and Kayleigh Gray
3rd: Andrew and Laurence Nelson

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Pollok’s Player of the Year for 2021/22, Matty Grant joined us in August 2022 after a development fee was agreed with the Newlandsfield club.

Matty is comfortable in all right sided positions but likes to drive forward, and scored five goals in the 2022/23 season.

Has largely featured on the right side of midfield for Stranraer.

24 – Deryn Lang

Position: Striker
Date of birth: N/A
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Royal Albert, Lanark United

Home: Michael Frosdick
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Deryn Lang joined us in July 2023, after impressing during a trial period which saw him score twice in a 4-1 friendly win at Kilwinning Rangers.

The striker has represented West of Scotland League clubs Royal Albert and Lanark United.


Out on loan

George O’Connor

Position: Goalkeeper
Date of birth: 10 May 2004
Place of birth: Irvine
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock

Home: Rory McKie
Away: Darren O’Connor
3rd: Available

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Young goalkeeper George O’Connor joined us in June 2022, amid interest from clubs both sides of the border.

The ex-Kilmarnock keeper has represented Scotland at both under 16 and under 17 levels.

George is currently out on loan at Kilwinning Rangers, having already gained considerable first team experience in his debut season at Stair Park.

Ben Hughes

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 24 August 2004
Place of birth: Ayr
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock, East Kilbride

Home: Mark Harries
Away: Available
3rd: K M Stewart & Co

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Ben Hughes is a left footed central midfielder who joined the Blues in June 2023.

Hughes made the move to Stranraer following a season with East Kilbride, where he featured over 25 times for the Lowland League contenders.

The former Kilmarnock youth prospect gained his first SPFL experience at Stair Park, and has since gone out on loan to West of Scotland side Hurlford United.

Josh Walker

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 21 June 2001
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock

Home: Janet Thomson
Away: David Walker
3rd: Martin McLelland

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A skilful and creative midfielder, Josh Walker joined Stranraer in November 2020.

Full of tricks and capable from set pieces, the son of former Blues player David ‘Pele’ Walker rose through the youth setup at Kilmarnock.

Josh built on an injury-hit first season at Stair Park with regular first team appearances in 2021/22, scoring three, and added a further six goals in an impressive 2022/23 campaign.

Moved to Annan Athletic on loan in January 2024.


Departures

Martin McDonald

Position: Goalkeeper
Date of birth: N/A
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Irvine Victoria, Hurlford United

Home: Mike McLean
Away: Alistair Duff
3rd: Available

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Martin McDonald joined us on in May 2023, having spent four years at West of Scotland League challengers Hurlford United.

The 6 foot 3 keeper was a standout for Hurlford after making the switch from Irvine Victoria in 2019, and helped the Blair Park side lift the West of Scotland League Cup in 2021/22.

Was released in October to join Ardrossan Winton Rovers.

Blair Sneddon

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 27 April 2002
Place of birth: Falkirk
Previous clubs: Stirling Albion, Camelon, Falkirk, Gretna 2008, East Stirlingshire, Berwick Rangers

Home: James Verity
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Blair Sneddon joined us from Berwick Rangers in a loan move on the last day of September 2023.

A regular in Berwick’s Lowland League campaign early in the season, Sneddon emerged from Stirling Albion’s youth setup, before earning a switch to Falkirk after impressing at Camelon.

Capable of playing anywhere on the left side of the park, Blair honed his craft on loan at Gretna 2008, East Stirlingshire and Berwick, before making his move to Shielfield Park permanent in the summer of 2023.

Made six appearances for the Blues before heading back to Berwick in January 2024.

Mackenzie Strachan

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 23 February 2004
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Rangers

Home: Tyler Heron
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Mackenzie Strachan joined us on loan from Rangers in September 2023.

Strachan entered the Ibrox youth ranks at the age of eight, progressing through the levels and securing the 2020/21 youth league title as Under 18s captain.

Hailing from South Ayrshire, the 19 year old midfielder is capped for Scotland at Under 16 and Under 19 level.

Returned to Rangers in January 2024 having recorded seven appearances for Stranraer.

Olly McDonald

Position: Forward
Date of birth: 29 December 1999
Place of birth: Bellshill
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock, East Kilbride, Queen of the South, East Stirlingshire, Gretna 2008, Clyde

Home: Stephen Steele
Away: Available
3rd: Available

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Olly McDonald joined us following the opening game of the 2023/24 league season, having left Clyde in the summer.

Plying his trade in cinch League One last term, the pacy 23 year old brings a direct style of play to the Blues attack, having risen through the youth ranks at Kilmarnock.

Moved on in the January transfer window.