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Tuesday, 6th February 2018 11:01am

- January 2018

Following the notice of complaint from the SFA in regards to Ally Love’s alleged breach of rule 202, the club has held several meetings with the player as he prepares to attend the tribunal. In addition to this the club met its obligations in its communications with the SFA Compliance Officer.

The club met with SFA Child Wellbeing and Protection Manager to discuss implementation and maintaining of the appropriate policies and procedures at the club. This will include the appointment of a club child protection and wellbeing officer as well as ensuring club staff and officials undertake the appropriate training. This is to ensure compliance for the 2018 SFA Club Licensing audit.

Discussions were ongoing with potential kit suppliers for the 2018-19 season.

Much focus was placed up on the first team playing squad this month, during the duration of the transfer window. This work started on New Year’s day with the signing of Ally Love and was completed with the signing of Dylan Cogill and Jack Boyle from Huddersfield on 31st January. The latter two are an example of how transfers require to follow strict procedures; as both players played in England, the temporary transfer required agreement between both clubs and both the English FA and the Scottish FA before the required paperwork was approved and the players were eligible for the squad. Similarly the signing of Stephane Kipre required the club to secure inter-national clearance from the French FA. The club also was in regular contact with the SFA Registration Department to ensure that the protocol and the rules regarding the varied types of loans/transfers were met.

Football admin also takes the fore with regards to the Under-20s side. The management team are busy building the squad for the second half of the development campaign and as such trialists are being used in these matches. Before featuring a trialist the appropriate forms have to be completed and submitted to the SPFL prior to the game to allow the individual player to play.

During the month the club was represented at the SPFL General Meeting and Glasgow FA meetings.
There were several meetings regarding the redevelopment of the new Arria lounge and hospitality area within Broadwood, as work commences to improve the matchday experience for supporters.

The winter weather brings its challenges not only on matchdays but also on training. Regularly throughout the month of January a significant amount of time was spent in securing alternative training lets to ensure that match preparation was not disrupted during the cold snap.

Finally, we were delighted to welcome back club volunteers James Turnbull, Andy Muir and Allan Wilson, while also welcoming John Boyce, with one former and long serving volunteer also preparing to return to assist on matchdays.