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Recent addition to the first team squad, John Gemmell spoke exclusively to the official website this evening to give his thoughts on his first few weeks with Clyde.

The striker started by explaining how the deadline day move came about:-

“I had a couple of issues at Albion Rovers and then I heard about Clyde’s interest towards the end of the transfer window. I thought it would possibly be a loan deal at first, but then the Albion manager said I could move in a transfer if I wanted to and from then on there was no doubt that I wanted to come.

“Clyde are one of the bigger part-time clubs in Scotland so I was keen on the move straight away. I also spoke to Barry Ferguson on the Monday and was impressed by what he said.

“At the moment I’ve signed until the end of the season and if it goes well for both myself and the club then we can hopefully discuss a longer deal.”

John was speaking at the end of a busy week, after making his debut against Berwick Rangers at Broadwood on Saturday and keeping his place in the team for an action-packed match at Stirling on Tuesday.

“It was just good to be involved again and get two games under my belt,” he continued. “I really wanted to make a good start. I’ve been brought in to get goals so to get one on my debut against Berwick – and it was also the 100th goal of my career – was a great feeling, especially in a home game.

“We didn’t play well in the second half on Saturday and I probably could have had a hat-trick on Tuesday night, but overall it’s been a good start getting six points.”

The 31-year-old was pleased to have received a good welcome from fans of The Bully Wee and revealed that his well-known reputation for getting under the skin of the opposition didn’t concern him:-

“It’s always funny when I go to a new club because I tend to get abuse from opposition players and fans, so there are always a couple of people I have a wee smile with when I first arrive! It’s all forgotten by me though.

“It’s been like that for me for years but it doesn’t bother me at all. We don’t play in front of huge crowds so you just have to enjoy it and if I score I sometimes celebrate in front of opposition fans just to give them a bit back. I love it.”

With the Ladbrokes League 2 table continuing to be tight at the top, Gemmell was looking forward to an exciting end to the season:-

“I won the league with Albion Rovers last year and it was the best moment of my career. Unfortunately I’d been involved in a few relegations before that so winning something really meant a lot and promotion with Clyde would be the same.

“There’s probably a bit of pressure on me as a new signing, because a new player can sometimes spur the other guys on. When I look at the squad that we’ve got, there’s no reason why we can’t be right up there. They’ve maybe just been missing a few goals at times, so hopefully I can help with that.”

John concluded:-

“The manager is very ambitious for the club and I have to say that I’ve been very impressed by the training so far. It’s the best I’ve been involved with at a part-time club and the tempo is very high.

“I’ve really enjoyed it so far and there’s a good mix of boys at the club, who have taken me in really quickly.”