STENHOUSEMUIR have made further additions to the squad for next season.
Goalkeeper Chris McCluskey, and midfielders Grant Plenderleith and Stevie Murray have agreed new deals to remain at Ochilview next season.
They add to last week’s signings of Paul McHale and Ross McMillan, as revealed last week by Heraldsport, and winger Murray believes the calibre of the signings is a statement of intent for the new season.
“When you see the guys we’ve brought in, and hear the other rumours - it shows ambition. There’s no doubt about that,” he told Heraldsport.
“The gaffer has been over the course before with Gretna and Morton, so he knows what it takes and I think you can see the makings of that in the guys he’s bringing in.
“That’s just why I wanted to be a part of it. I loved last year, I love the surface at Ochilview and we’re raring to go for next season.”
Goalkeeper McCluskey also returns to Ochilview to compete with a starting slot with Ally Brown who is also expected to sign on again. The pair shared goalkeeping duties last year with Irons unable to pick an out-and-out starter between the two.
That’s healthy according to ex-Killie winger Murray.
“It’s very rare to have two goalkeepers of such quality in this division,” he said.
“Usually you have a good number one who plays every week and a back-up. Here we have two guys as good as each other and both competing for a starting place. It’s very rare to have two goalkeepers of such a high calibre at the one club.
“The competition for places is something the gaffer seems to be bringing in, so even though we could have a smaller pool than last year, everyone will have to work for their place.”
Former SPL defender Martyn Corrigan should also hook up with the Warriors by the start of pre-season later this month, as could a new striker, with the club having almost finalised their plans on other positions throughout the team.