BANKIES boss Gordon Moffat believes that the club is spoilt for choice in the left-back position after it was revealed that both Andy Paterson and Paul Byrne will be staying at the club.

Byrne joined from Hurlford last summer and made 30 appearances in his debut year for the club, whilst Paterson is a slightly more recognisable face at Holm Park as he moves into his tenth season at the club.

Paterson has played for the Bankies 246 times, and will now be set for a testimonial after spending a decade at the club.

Byrne was pipped to the players’ player of the year prize at the club’s virtual awards ceremony by top goalscorer Nicky Little, but Moffat said that showed how well the full-back has done in his first season.

He said: “Paul is consistent – technically a very good player and everything I look for in a full-back.

“He’s aggressive and wants to get forward but can defend as well. He’s had a really good time since we came to the club.

“When Paul took a knock Andy came in and grabbed the jersey and is also a fantastic left-back.

“It’s a position we’re really blessed in.

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“We’ve got two high calibre Premier League left-backs that a lot of clubs would be keen to have.

“Paul ran Nicky close for the players’ player of the year prize, which shows what the rest of the guys think of him.”

A number of last season’s squad were under two-year deals and Moffat has admitted it has saved him a lot of stress.

Just one player, Jordan Kennedy, who had signed until the end of 2020/21, has been made available to other clubs with the Bankies boss confirming that sides are interested in the centre-half.

He said: “The guys that were on two year deals were guys that we wanted to keep anyway.

“The exception to the rule is Jordan Kennedy who’s on the transfer list. He felt he wanted to go and play and be a mainstay in a team. I was keen to keep hold of him but he wants to move on.

“When we’re going to get back to football, something will happen with him, because there’s a few teams pretty interested.

“I would be looking to keep all of the other guys who signed two year deals so it’s made things easier for me. I wasn’t trying to find new signings and keep hold of guys so it has made my job a wee bit easier.”

Another player remaining at the club next season is Chris Black, who is set to run a marathon this Saturday, June 6, to raise money for the NHS in Inverclyde, and Moffat thinks the run will be a breeze for the midfielder.

He said: “He’ll probably cruise round a marathon. It’s a great thing and he’s raising a bit of money for a good cause.”