Clyde’s director of football Neil Watt has had a busy time recently talking to the remainder of last season’s players and he was able to give the official website an update on how the club is preparing for the 2010-11 season…
“Fortunately, we are well ahead of where the club was at this point last year and I have spent the last couple of weeks in discussion with a number of players who Stuart Millar and I feel could make a contribution to Clyde Football Club next season.
“I am pleased to report that Neil McGowan (right), Alistair Park, Jordan Allan, Connor Stevenson and John Stewart have all committed themselves to the club for next season. I am particularly delighted that they all feel they have a duty to help restore their – and the club’s – pride following relegation.
“Callum Reidford is currently on holiday and I am due to meet again with Willie McLachlan and Adam Strachan early this week.
“Four players have declined terms to re-sign for the club and we thank them for their contributions at Broadwood. Kevin Higgins, Steven Howarth, Willie Sawyers and Alan Lithgow will all move on.”
Neil went on to say, “While players are obviously free to move on at the conclusion of their contract, it is particularly disappointing that two young players who have been given an opportunity in professional football by Clyde, through their development in our Youth structure and by introducing them into our first team, feel the need to leave the club that has given them that chance.
“We now know broadly which players want to play for Clyde next season and we move onto the next stage. Since going through the process of these meetings we have made contact with a number of players who we feel are the type that we are looking for and discussions with them are ongoing at the moment. As the close season develops more opportunities will arise and Stuart Millar will be right at the forefront of that.
“We have another eleven weeks before the first league game of the new season and while we have a number of signing targets, we will also take our time in ensuring that, within constraints, we have a pool of players that we are happy with and that can be developed, over a period of time, into a squad that can find their way around the Third Division.”