The last ball of the junior soccer season has not been kicked but Bo’ness United boss Allan McGonigal is already deep into preparations for the upcoming campaign.
And, with the signing of Scott Pittman, McGonigal is convinced he has a player of flair who will delight the Newtown Park faithful.
“I had him at Hamilton Accies and I see him as the most exciting young player in Junior football at this time,’’ said the boss this week.
McGonigal has moved swiftly to bolster his squad as Tony Jaconelli and Steven Hislop leave the club. Also taking a back seat - at least temporarily - is Ian Nimmo who has indicated that he wants take take a ‘‘time out’’.
The boss hinted to the Journal this week he has another two signings all but tied up for the new season in which United must hit the ground running as the preliminary rounds of the ‘‘big’’ Scottish Cup commence on August 16.
As the Journal went to press, there was no indication of when those ties will be drawn but it does mean a hectic summer as players and bosses will want to cram in as much World Cup viewing as they can as well as gearing up for pre-seeason training which, in the Newtown Park case, will commence on June 30.
Pre-season games have been lined up with Auchinleck Talbot, Clydebank and Hamilton Accies.
Of Friday’s Fife and Lothians Cup final defeat to Linlithgow Rose, McGonigal said: “We shot ourselves in the foot having a man sent off but, fair play to the Rose, they got two late goals and the win.
“I can’t criticise the players who crossed the line. They were out on their feet and we were praying for the game to go to penalties.
“For much of the game I thought we were the better side and if we had finished with 11 men I think we’d have won the game.’’