Under contract

The following players have signed for the 2022/23 season:

Goalkeepers

  • Luke Scullion

Defenders

  • Sean McIntosh
  • Craig Ross
  • Sam Ellis (St Mirren, loan made permanent)
  • Kyle Girvan (Kilbirnie Ladeside, development fee)

Midfielders

  • Scott Robertson (player/coach)
  • Grant Gallagher
  • Paul Woods
  • Dean Hawkshaw
  • Anton Brady
  • James Hilton
  • Josh Walker
  • Scott McLean (Spennymoor Town)

Strikers

  • Darryl Duffy (player/assistant manager)

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.

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

Jacket: Available
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 could surpass 300 appearances in the blue jersey this season.

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: Available

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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.

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: Available
Third: Available

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

The young defender 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 defender 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.

As 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: Available
Third: Kontempry Ltd

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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 is capable of playing in the midfield or attacking areas, and scored once in his debut season.

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 creative midfielder immediately won hearts at Stair Park, with his attacking style 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: Available

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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.

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: Available

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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 winger 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.

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
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.

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: Available
Third: Available

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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.

The midfielder scored 10 goals across his two seasons at this level between 2018 and 2020.

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 is a composed defender who rose through the youth ranks at Celtic, and made 28 appearances as a first team regular in his debut season at Stair Park.

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: Kontempry Ltd

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.


No longer with the club

The following players have moved on this summer:

  • Ross Smith (Kilmarnock, end of loan; Irvine Meadow)
  • Michael Mullen (Kilmarnock, end of loan)
  • Jamie Walker
  • Jack Baker
  • Ruaridh Langan (Beith Juniors)
  • Emile Ngoy
  • Broque Watson (Open Goal Broomhill FC)
  • Ross Irving
  • Tommy Muir (Annan Athletic)
  • Ayrton Sonkur (Albion Rovers)
  • Matty Yates (Stenhousemuir, development fee)
  • Sean Burns