Ross Smith signs on at Stenhousemuir

Stenhousemuir's three sponsors for the 2013/14 season
Stenhousemuir's three sponsors for the 2013/14 season
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Stenhousemuir have eased their early season injury crisis by signing defender Ross Smith on a loan deal from Dundee United.

The 21-year-old will stay at Ochilview until at least January, with Warriors boss Martyn Corrigan having the option to extend that deal until the end of the season.

Smith spent last season on loan at Peterhead, and formed a key part in helping the Balmoor side achieve the best defensive record in the Third Division.

It was that experience that convinced Corrigan that the centre half was the right man to boost the ‘Muir back line.

“He slotted in very well on Saturday,” he said. “You can tell he’s already got a bit of experience and I think that will make a big difference for him.

“I had watched him two or three times before he joined, he should be a big player for us.”

Stenhousemuir return to Airdrieonians for the second time in three weeks on Saturday and will be boosted by the return of key players Sean Lynch and Eddie Malone.

“As long as there’s no repeat of our nightmare first half last night we were at Broomfield, we should do well,” added Corrigan.

Meanwhile, Stenhousemuir have revealed their new shirt sponsors for the inaugural SPFL season. And typically for a community interest club, it’s a local business who’ll be emblazoned on the Warriors’ chests against the likes of Airdrie, Dunfermline and Rangers.

The Gulnar Restaurant, based in Larbert, is the new home shirt sponsor and have agreed a three-year deal. Figure 11 Communications is the away shirt sponsor for a third season and Wright and McLennan will once again adorn the rear of both kits.

The club has also secured a sponsor for the players’ shorts with Grangemouth-based Leemic printers and copiers.