Local sides gear up for new junior football season

Newtongrange Star manager Alan Miller with new signings Sean Jamieson, Jordan Cropley and David Dunn.

Newtongrange Star manager Alan Miller with new signings Sean Jamieson, Jordan Cropley and David Dunn.

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With the junior football season kicking off on Saturday how have local sides spent the summer preparing and what changes have been made?

After title glory, Newtongrange Star are now ready for a return to the Super League.

Manager Alan Miller believes consistency is the key to a successful season.

He said: “The players are looking very sharp and we are delighted with the way pre-season has gone.

“In many way we are going into the unknown.

“But our players demonstrated last season in cup games that they can compete at Super League level.

“So we can compete in the top league but we need to do that on a consistent basis.

“If we do that we will be really happy with the players.”

Miller is still looking to add to his squad after signing striker Sean Jamieson from East Fife, centre half David Dunn from Bonnyrigg Rose and midfielder Jordan Cropley from Haddington Athletic.

Bonnyrigg Rose manager Max Christie wants to go one better than last season’s second-place finish.

He said: “The aim is to win the league and see if we can go and do something in the Scottish Junior Cup. That’s what we are striving to do, win the double.

“We have not had the most intense pre-season, but that’s been deliberate because we finished last season very late.

“Everybody was wanting a wee breather including myself. So we started back later and that gave everyone a chance to recuperate.”

Christie has been busy this summer signing six players – keeper David Hay and winger Steve Manson from Linlithgow Rose, David White from East Fife, midfielder Kevin McDonald from Berwick Rangers, Alan Horne from Tranent and defender Scott Main from Raith Rovers.

“New faces brings a freshness in itself,” added Christie.

“They have all been looking very fit and very enthusiastic in training so we are looking forward to getting started.”

Read more on Midlothian’s junior sides’ preparation for the new season in the August 8 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.