Bankies new boy Paul Byrne admits he’s relishing the chance of first team football again after signing on at Holm Park.

The 27-year-old spent last season at league runners-up Hurlford United, where he found regular game time hard to come by in the latter stages of the season, making just 14 appearances. 

Byrne, who has enjoyed spells with Pollok, Cowdenbeath and Bathgate, penned a one-year deal to become boss Kieran McAnespie’s second signing of the summer, following Jordan Kennedy’s arrival from Petershill FC last Thursday.

“I’m just delighted to get the deal over the line and sign for the season,” Byrne told Post Sport. “I’m mostly left-sided - so either left-back, left wing-back or even left-midfield if needed there. I’m a steady left-back so I’ll try and push forward and get involved in the attacking play and do my bit defensively.

“I know there’s a good group of players at the club already, so hopefully I can try and squeeze in the team and do my best for the Bankies.”

Clydebank Post: Gaffer Kieran McAnespie and Paul Byrne (Photo: Stevie Doogan) Gaffer Kieran McAnespie and Paul Byrne (Photo: Stevie Doogan)

The defender, who lifted the Scottish Junior Cup with the Ford back in 2014, also counts Kilmarnock among his former clubs and played with current Clydebank trio Del Hepburn, Nicky Little and Liam Rowan during his spell at Pollok in 2017.

Byrne also lifted the 2014/2015 Ayrshire Cup and 2015/2016 Ardagh Cup during his spell at Hurlford and admits he was sold on a move to Clydebank after speaking to the Bankies’ prolific striker, Nicky Little.

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He added: “As soon as I spoke to the gaffer and Nicky Little about the club, it was a no brainer for me - especially with the new facilities the club has here at Holm Park, which look brilliant. 

“I played with Nicky at Pollok so I speak to him regularly and every time I do he’s brought up how much he enjoys playing for the Bankies and playing under Kieran. 

“I then met up with Kieran and he totally sold the club to me - everything about it seems brilliant already between the new pitch and how the team tries to play football - it all appealed and I’m delighted to be on board.”

Meanwhile, Chris Dooley, Declan Fitzpatrick and Lee Duncanson have all left the Bankies at the end of their respective deals with McAnespie confirming the departures.

He said: “We kept most of the boys from last season but Declan and Lee’s loan spells came to an end and Dools has moved on to Benburb.”

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