juniors on the ball

Bo'ness United training session at Callendar Park
Bo'ness United training session at Callendar Park

The summer break for junior football clubs is over and this weekend sees the start of pre-season friendlies.

Last season’s league and cup campaign may have finished just six weeks ago but plans for the season ahead are already well under way.

The Rose this week snapped up former Hearts player Graham Weir from 
Stirling Albion.

He will join up with 
another former Jambo, Joe Hamill, who put pen to paper two weeks ago after leaving Bonnyrigg Rose.

Assistant coach Calvin Shand said: ‘‘We knew he had become available and offered him a deal. He will prove a 
valuable asset to the club as he can score goals.’’

Shand added: ‘‘Pre-season training has been really 
positive. We have changed the form of training and the players have reacted to it.’’

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Rose aim to field a couple of trialists when they travel to Barrhead to face Arthurlie, who themselves have been busy on the transfer front, with six players 
joining the club over the 
summer period.

At Newtown Park, the BUs first friendly is against Championship side Livingston FC on Monday, July 20, at home.

It will be a tough game as Livvy will have already played five friendlies including one against Spanish giants Real Sociedad before they take on the BUs.

Bo’ness manager Allan McGonigal said: ‘‘The games are all about getting the players fit and sharp for the start of the new season.

‘‘Hopefuly, bringing a Championship team to Newtown Park will lift the players.’’

The Bo’ness boss said he had been in talks with Hamiton Accies and hopes to secure a keeper on a season-long deal. The club has also snapped up Livingston youth striker 
Darren Downs.