Under contract

The Blues squad for the 2022/23 season

The following players are under contract for the 2022/23 season.

Goalkeepers

  • Luke Scullion
  • George O’Connor (Kilmarnock)

Defenders

  • Scott Robertson (player/coach)
  • Sean McIntosh
  • Craig Ross
  • Sam Ellis (St Mirren, loan made permanent)
  • Kyle Girvan (Kilbirnie Ladeside, development fee)
  • Scott Dunn (Queen of the South)
  • Luke Watt (Blantyre Victoria)

Midfielders

  • Grant Gallagher
  • Paul Woods
  • Dean Hawkshaw
  • Anton Brady
  • James Hilton
  • Josh Walker
  • Scott McLean (Spennymoor Town)
  • Dylan Forrest (Cumbernauld Colts)
  • Matty Grant (Pollok, development fee)
  • Ikechi Eze (Rilski Sportist)

Strikers

  • Darryl Duffy (player/assistant manager)
  • Craig Malcolm
  • Salim Kouider-Aïssa (Airdrieonians, loan)

Player profiles

1 – Luke Scullion

Position: Goalkeeper
Date of birth: 17 January 2002
Place of birth: –
Previous clubs: Rangers, Partick Thistle

Home: Mark Harries
Away: Mike McLean
Third: Available

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A former Rangers youth prospect, Luke Scullion joined us from Partick Thistle in July 2021, having spent the previous six years at Firhill.

A talented shot-stopper, the 19 year old made the position his own in 2021/22, building experience under the watchful eye of vastly experienced goalkeeping coach Billy Thomson.

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: Thomco Engineering
Away: Julie Hunter
Third: Cathy Bone

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Tracksuit: Available

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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 is now first team coach in his ninth season at Stair Park, having returned from Airdrie in summer 2019.

Robbo recorded his 300th appearance in the blue jersey on 3 September 2022 at Ochilview.

3 – Sam Ellis

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 11 March 2003
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: St Mirren

Home: Alex Smith
Away: Martin McLelland & Vicky McNally
Third: John Cooper

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Sam Ellis joined us on loan from St Mirren in September 2021, with a string of impressive performances consolidating his place in the team.

The left back made his move permanent in June 2022.

4 – Kyle Girvan

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

Home: Martin McLelland & Vicky McNally
Away: Raymond Bruce
Third: Denise Girvan

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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.

Having caught the eye of the Blues boss Jamie Hamill, Kyle became the second new signing of the summer transfer window.

5 – Craig Ross

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

Home: ADD ONE
Away: Janet Thomson
Third: Sean Houston

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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 young centre back has regularly demonstrated his threat in the box from set pieces, scoring five goals in his first season, and showed consistency and composure to become a first team regular.

A mainstay of Jamie Hamill’s side, Craig scooped the Player of the Year award in his first season of senior football.

6 – Anton Brady

Position: Midfield
Date of birth: 7 February 1994
Place of birth: Bellshill
Previous clubs: St Mirren, East Kilbride, Queen’s Park

Home: Martin, Catrina and Alastair Young
Away: TartanKiwi Gameworn
Third: www.freebets.ltd.uk

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Anton Brady joined us on transfer deadline day in 2021 following his departure from East Kilbride.

A product of the St Mirren youth setup, Anton twice scored important goals against us in his spell at Queen’s Park and also netted in our friendly against EK in summer 2020.

The 27 year old midfielder scored once in his debut season and will look to add to his Blues tally in 2022/23.

7 – James Hilton

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 2 November 1997
Place of birth: –
Previous clubs: Ayr United, Creetown, Girvan, Cumnock, Hurlford United, Edinburgh City

Home: Sharon Hilton
Away: Pogo and Rhys Paterson
Third: James McQuillan

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Jinky returned to his hometown club in January 2022 after half a season at Edinburgh City.

The attacking midfielder immediately won hearts at Stair Park, with his exciting style of play and goalscoring prowess making him a firm favourite.

Having scored 11 goals in his first spell at Stranraer, Hilton added a further three last season.

8 – Grant Gallagher (captain)

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

Home: footysab from Japan
Away: Claire Fergusson
Third: Euan Home

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A popular figure around the club with over 200 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.

Returned from this setback to make 21 appearances in 2020/21, and accepted the captaincy ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, making 34 appearances.

9 – Craig Malcolm

Position: Striker
Date of birth: 30 December 1986
Place of birth: Bellshill
Previous clubs: Raith Rovers, Arthurlie, Ayr United, Alloa Athletic, East Kilbride, St Roch’s

Home: Ryan Kyle
Away: Alan McNally-Jones and Christine Jones
Third: George, Lucinda and Ellie Frank

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Club legend Craig Malcolm had a successful trial which led to his return for a third spell in July 2022.

A member of our ‘Team of the Decade’, the striker initially joined us in 2010 from Arthurlie, and went on to become the club’s second-leading scorer of all time.

Malky’s eye for goal is well documented, with the frontman having scored double figures to help the Blues to the promotion playoffs in the 2011/12, 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.

10 – Josh Walker

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 21 June 2001
Place of birth: –
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock

Home: Janet Thomson
Away: Adrian Verity
Third: 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 his injury-hit first season at Stair Park with regular first team appearances in 2021/22, scoring three goals.

11 – Paul Woods

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 18 September 1986
Place of birth: East Kilbride
Previous clubs: East Kilbride, Lanark United, Petershill, Queen’s Park

Home: Cameron Hunter
Away: Steven Hardie
Third: Brendan Todd

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Paul Woods returned for a second spell with Stranraer in June 2021, having made 38 appearances during the Blues’ 2017/18 League One campaign.

Paul started his career with Motherwell, Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers as a youth, before moving into the junior game.

The Hampden side gave Woods his senior break in 2014, and the left-sided midfielder went on to score 26 goals across his 122 appearances for the Spiders.

Having secured the Lowland League title with East Kilbride, Woods spent a season at Stair Park before returning for a three year stint back at EK.

Was ever-present in the Blues side of 2021/22, making 40 appearances and scoring five goals to cap an impressive return season.

13 – George O’Connor

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

Home: Available
Away: www.casinosites.ltd.uk
Third: Adam Connor

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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, and will vie for the number one jersey along with Luke Scullion.

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: Craig Grace
Third: 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 in his return season at Stair Park, scoring once.

16 – Dylan Forrest

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

Home: Peter Gerrard
Away: SFC Fundraising Team
Third: Old Football Shirts dot com

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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 last season at Cumbernauld Colts having recovered from an injury suffered at his previous club Hamilton Accies.

18 – Scott McLean

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 30 August 1997
Place of birth: Irvine
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock, Troon, Albion Rovers, Queen’s Park, Annan Athletic, Darvel, Spennymoor Town, Guiseley

Home: Finlay Niven
Away: Linda McLean
Third: Billy Robb

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Scott McLean was our third signing of the 2022 summer transfer window, joining after a stint in England’s National League North.

Scott will be best known to Blues supporters for his spells with the likes of Albion Rovers, Queen’s Park and Annan Athletic in the SPFL, and made his senior debut in the same Kilmarnock side which boasted Blues boss Jamie Hamill.

McLean scored 10 goals across his two seasons at this level between 2018 and 2020, and has played in a wide midfield role so far at Stranraer.

19 – Salim Kouider-Aïssa

Position: Striker
Date of birth: 22 March 1996
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Stenhousemuir, Queen of the South, Stirling Albion, Lenzie Thistle, Kilsyth Rangers, Queen’s Park, Livingston, Partick Thistle, Airdrieonians

Home: SFC Fundraising Team
Away: Alex Thomson
Third: Available

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Salim Kouider-Aïssa joined us on loan from Airdrie at the end of September 2022.

The striker carved out a reputation at Kilsyth Rangers and Queen’s Park as a clinical finisher, earning him a move to Premiership side Livingston.

Loan spells and injury setbacks followed, with the frontman heading to Stair Park in search of first team football after regaining his fitness.

20 – Luke Watt

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 20 June 1997
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Motherwell, East Fife, Airdrieonians, NK Novigrad, Brechin City, Linlithgow Rose, Blantyre Victoria

Home: Allison Young and Grace Paterson
Away: Scott McKail
Third: Available

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Luke Watt rejoined the club in July 2022 after previously spending six months on loan from Motherwell back in 2016.

Having made a number of first team appearances for the Steelmen, further loan spells with East Fife and Airdrieonians followed, before a year at NK Novigrad in Croatia and time with Brechin, Linlithgow Rose and Blantyre Vics.

Watt holds a great deal of SPFL experience and can play in a number of positions, both in the middle of the park and across the back line, most recently playing as a right back.

21 – Scott Dunn

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 21 February 2001
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Airdrieonians, Queen of the South, St Cuthbert’s Wanderers, Broomhill, Cowdenbeath

Home: Douglas and Tracey Dunn
Away: Dylan Heron
Third: Fallon McCabe

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A composed young centre back, Scott Dunn signed following a successful trial spell in June 2022.

Formerly of Airdrieonians and Queen of the South, Scott gained useful first team experience on loan in recent seasons, including spending the second half of last term at Cowdenbeath.

22 – Sean McIntosh

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

Home: Anthony Cottam
Away: Michael Watson
Third: 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 made 28 appearances as a first team regular in his debut season at Stair Park.

23 – Matty Grant

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

Home: G&M Motors Corntown and Kayleigh Gray
Away: Ellis Hedley and Anne Murdoch
Third: Fred and Jack MacPherson

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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 weighed in with eight goals last season from wing back.

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

24 – Darryl Duffy

Position: Striker
Date of birth: 16 April 1984
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Rangers, Brechin, Falkirk, Hull, Hartlepool, Swansea, Bristol Rovers, Carlisle, Hibernian, Cheltenham, Salgaocar, Goa, Mohun Bagan, St Mirren, Airdrieonians, Stirling Albion

Home: Billy Robb
Away: Gordon Niven
Third: www.betting.bet

Jacket: Available
Tracksuit: Available

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Darryl Duffy joined Stranraer from Stirling Albion in summer 2020.

A product of the youth system at Rangers, Duffy made a couple of appearances for the Ibrox club as a teenager before moving to Falkirk.

His goalscoring exploits over the following two seasons earned him caps for Scotland U21s and a move south of the border, with spells at the likes of Hull, Swansea, Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham.

After four years in India, Duffy returned home to join St Mirren, before netting double figures for Airdrieonians and Stirling respectively.

The veteran frontman scored eight goals in his first season at Stair Park, assuming the role of assistant manager last term and chipping in with a further three in nine appearances.

Expected to provide emergency backup cover this season.

30 – Ikechi Eze

Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 18 September 1996
Place of birth: –
Previous clubs: Hampton & Richmond Borough, Burgess Hill, Fisher, Horsham, Tunbridge Wells, Whyteleafe, Sheppey United, Thamesmead Town, Braintree, Glebe, Ilford, Sittingbourne, Rilski Sportist

Home: Sport Skillz Coaching
Away: Bill Paton
Third: Tyler Heron

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Ikechi Eze arrived at Stair Park in September 2022.

The midfielder is the brother of Crystal Palace star Eberechi Eze and joined us from Bulgarian side Rilski Sportist, having spent most of his career in England.

Made his debut as a substitute away to Stirling Albion on 17 September 2022.