Jim McInally is hoping the signing of ex-Celtic midfielder Charlie Grant can be the spark that is required to re-ignite East Stirlingshire’s season.
The club thought it had lost the services of the red haired former captain of Scotland’s under-19 team when he announced he would not be extending his short-term contract once the transfer window opened in January.
But since then Grant has been unable to earn a full-time contract with either Ross County or with League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers.
With his options narrowing, the player has opted to return to the Third Division and Shire, where he has already made three appearances this season.
“He just wants to enjoy his football again,” said McInally. “The last two years have been a nightmare for Charlie with serious injuries and then rejection.
“At the start of the season he was in the First Division with Dundee and it looked like he was starting to re-build his career but then he was one of nine players put on the dole when they went into administration.
“He wasn’t doing anything when we invited him to help us out of a player shortage at Clyde in November and he was happy enough to stay until the new year,” said the Shire boss.
“Unfortunately, the bad weather struck and in the six weeks he was signed for us he never actually played a game before he left.”