Published: 25/07/2014 12:40 - Updated: 25/07/2014 12:54

Lossie ready for big season kick off

Written byCraig Christie

LOSSIEMOUTH’S Grant Park hosts the official kick off to the new Highland League season on Saturday.

Lossiemouth boss Stevie Dunn (right) and chairman Royce Clark (left) welcome the club's four summer signings Mark Hector, Kevin Duguid, Darren Bailey and goalkeeper Connor Hall.
Lossiemouth boss Stevie Dunn (right) and chairman Royce Clark (left) welcome the club's four summer signings Mark Hector, Kevin Duguid, Darren Bailey and goalkeeper Connor Hall.

And the Coasters will have four new signings on display when they start their campaign against Fort William in the North of Scotland Cup.

Former Ross County goalkeeper Connor Hall (20) is the latest player to be lured to the Moray outfit by manager Stevie Dunn.

And while Hall is likely to be on the Lossie bench when the term gets underway this weekend, fellow new boys Kevin Duguid, Mark Hector and Darren Bailey should make Dunn’s starting line-up.

Bailey is already a familiar face to the Reds’ fans having spent last season on loan from Formartine United, before completing a permanent move last Saturday.

Hector also sealed his move from Islavale last week, and ex-Elgin, Forres and Deveronvale man Duguid is onshore and available to make his Lossie debut against Fort.

“We can’t wait to get started,” said Dunn. “Everything has gone really well in pre-season and we’ve taken in these four guys, so its given a huge boost to the squad.”

Hall became the latest arrival to Grant Park following a chance meeting Dunn had with current Elgin City goalkeeper Michael Fraser.

The Lossiemouth manager was keen to find a second goalkeeper to push regular number 1 Errol Watson for his place, and Fraser alerted him to the availability of his former Ross County team-mate.

“He had been full-time at County but got released at the end of last season. Michael told me about him so I invited him down to pre season.

“We played him against Ross County last week and I was impressed, so I offered him a contract and he was more than delighted to join us.”

Hall featured in a 2-1 win over the Dingwall club’s under-20s last Wednesday, and Lossie followed up the success with two more victories over junior opponents.

Dunn was pleased to see the goals flowing freely as his men thumped neighbours Lossie United 7-0 on Saturday, and then defeated Dufftown 5-0 on Tuesday night.

But he knows friendlies count for nothing, and this weekend’s opening cup clash is the one that really matters.

The Coasters won their opening game last term, a 3-1 North Cup success at Rothes, and Dunn is once more looking for his men to hit the ground running.

“I’d like to see us pick up where they left off last season,” he said. “Most of the boys have been together for a season now so we are expecting a lot from them this season.

“We don’t know anything about Fort William this season, but they do tend to start off quite well so there’s no chance of us treating them lightly.”

Stevie’s son Scott is away on holiday and will miss the match, as is Jordan Main who is away offshore.

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