Saints boss keeps on re-building

Barry Sibanda creates the first goal against GPR
Barry Sibanda creates the first goal against GPR

St Andrews United manager Phil McGuire has continued to add to his squad as the Saints look to bounce back to the Super League.

Local lad Fraser Hayles has joined the club, Fraser is a young goalkeeper who came in for the last two games of last season against Camelon following the injury to Richard Cargill.

He has experience at an amateur level with Fife Thistle, amongst others.

Liam Campbell has joined on the left hand side of midfield as McGuire strengthened his squad further.

The English born former Royal Marine has experience with Arbroath SC but started his football career with Cambridge United.

He had started pre-season with Arbroath FC but has been snapped up by United and made his debut against Blantyre.

Finally Darren Kelly has been signed from Kelty Hearts, the versatile midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Central Park and when his availability was made public knowledge United made their interest known.

After long drawn out discussions with Kelty, Kelly’s signature was secured and the deal concluded just two hours before kick off on Monday night when the Saints faced Greig Park Rangers in a friendly game.

Kelly can play anywhere on the right or in central midfield and is likely to be a valuable asset to McGuire’s side.

Leaving the squad recently was Craig Wedderburn who has been given the opportunity to play in the senior game and he has left Saints to join Stirling Albion.

Saints continue their pre-season campaign at home to Formartine United on Saturday afternoon at 3.00p.m. and then welcome AM Soccer to The Rec on Wednesday at 7.00p.m.

They complete their campaign with The KK Cup next weekend over Saturday 2 and Sunday August 3, more details of that next week.

St Andrews United will be looking to bounce back to the Super League at the first time of asking this season.

The team struggled last term and ultimately suffered the pain of relegation.

Joining them in being relegated was local rivals Tayport so the tasty north east Fife derbies will remain for both clubs.

Saints played Blantyre Victoria as well as Greig Park Rangers and both reports are on page 69.