Bachelor boy’s new deal with Lnlithgow

Blair Bachelor has signed a new one-year deal with Linlithgow Rose
Blair Bachelor has signed a new one-year deal with Linlithgow Rose

Player of the year Blair Bachelor has agreed a new contract with Linlithgow Rose as boss Davie McGlynn prepares for next season.

The midfielder, who has just been named Supporters’ Player of the Year, was at the end of his contract but has agreed to extend his stay at Prestonfield for a further 12 months.

Manager McGlynn said he was delighted to retain the services of the player who is thought to be on the radar of senior clubs.

He said: “I would say he has been our best player this season, he has been outstanding.

“His energy levels are terrific and he has scored 19 goals for us from midfield. We even played him at right back in one game and he still scored.”

Defender Gary Thom and midfielder Andy Shirra have also agreed new one-year contracts for next season while McGlynn has already brought in two new faces - former Millwall and East Stirlingshire ’keeper Richie Barnard and ex-Musselburgh midfielder Jackie Myles.

McGlynn said: “Richie is one I’ve had my eye on for some time. He’s a top class ’keeper, a good communicator and a born winner and that’s what we need - leaders on the pitch.

“I signed Jackie for Musselburgh. Again he’s the type of player we need - he’ll run through brick walls for me and does a lot of the dirty work on the park that doesn’t always get noticed.”

Heading out of Prestonfield are defender Ryan Baptie, who has returned to parent club Peterhead, and midfielder Graeme McGregor who has been released.

McGlynn said: “Ryan has done really well for us and is going back to Peterhead a better player.

“He has been given an extension to his contract there as a result of his spell with us and hopefully he can go on to take advantage of that.

“For Graeme things haven’t really worked out and he’s a better player than he’s been able to show during his time here. He has struggled to get game time and he’s at the stage of his career where he needs to be playing regularly.”