Wullie Gibson Signs Up

The latest first team signing is a very familiar face at Palmerston. Wullie Gibson has agreed a one year playing contract for a 3rd spell as a QoS player (or 4th if you count last season's brief spell in the Reserve squad).

Wullie of course is already our Reserves Manager and will be continuing in that role also. The new SFA rules on dual interests make it pretty much impossible for Wullie to continue as a player at another SPFL club whilst remaining as our Reserves Manager. With that in mind he was determined to win a place in Allan Johnston's squad on merit.

The manager said, "Obviously we have been working closely with Wullie since he took on the Reserves role and it was clear when he was on the pitch with the Reserves last season that he still has the ability he always had but a far greater maturity in his game. Unfortunately the rules meant he couldn't play any part in first team football after leaving Stenhousemuir so he hasn't played that level for nearly a year. I was keen to make sure he still has the fitness needed for first team football so we have had him in for three weeks of pre-season so far. However, it certainly didn't take long to confirm he is as fit as he ever was. Sandy and I know from our last spell here what an asset Wullie can be so adding him to the squad after he proved his fitness was a 'no brainer'. He is an inventive player with a great crossing ability and a set piece specialist too."

Wullie himself said, "I still feel I can contribute at this level. Although I just turned 36 it's not that old for a footballer these days and I'm certainly not ready to retire yet. I've no worries about my fitness but understandably the Gaffer wanted to see me in pre-season before committing. I am pleased we were able to agree a deal.

We will be re-jigging the Reserve squad timetable a little to enable me to train with the first team up the road two or three times a week and it's unlikely there will be any formal Reserve League fixtures any time soon. Most of the Reserve squad will be going out on loan in the South and Lowland League for the first half of the season too so they will be training elsewhere a couple of days a week in any event. It should all work out pretty well. It's down to me now to force my way into the team and I am confident I can."