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Trust Deal In Ruari

Mon, 11th Jun 2007 8:50pm

Progress towards next season continued tonight as Ruari MacLennan agreed a new three year contract with the Club, making him a Bully Wee player until 2010. The 19-year-old midfielder greatly impressed everyone at Broadwood as he broke into the first team towards the end of the 2006/07 campaign.

Club Secretary John Taylor told www.clydefc.co.uk: "We're delighted to have secured Ruari on a three year contract. Those who witnessed his performances towards the end of last season couldn't have failed to be impressed and his under-19 coach Dougie Bell is convinced he has a big future ahead of him. Ruari is the type of player who works hard at his game and is always keen to learn. He was very keen to commit to the Club and I'm convinced he will become a big favourite with the fans.

"We're also delighted to announce that Ruari's salary will be largely funded by the Supporters' Trust. This once again demonstrates the vital role the Trust plays in the well-being of the Club."

Gordon Nisbet, Supporters' Trust Treasurer, added: "Since its formation the Trust has, both actively and financially, supported our Pro Youth set up. We are pleased on this occasion to help fund such an exciting young prospect and indeed a 'product' of the continual Youth Development programme at Broadwood."

Ruari also spoke to the Official Website just after he put pen to paper at Broadwood this evening: "I'm chuffed to bits! There's a great group of boys here and I'm really happy at the Club. The appointment of Colin Hendry today speaks for itself, he's certainly someone to learn from and try to emulate. It's unbelievable that he's coming to the Club.

"It was a great feeling to come into the team recently and I just tried to do my bit. I knew it was going to be hard but it was even harder than I thought. After the first couple of games, though, I felt a bit more confident and down at Gretna I thought I did better and started to keep the ball more.

"Next season I'm just hoping to get in as many games as I can but I'm only 19 and I've got three years to establish myself. There are great midfielders at the Club like Ryan McCann and Steve Masterton so I've plenty to look up to."