CLYDEBANK boss Gordon Moffat has revealed how Ross McPherson’s passion for the Bankies shone through during contract discussions as the striker returned to the club.

‘Archy’ played for the Bankies between 2010 and 2014, netting 45 goals in 123 appearances and helping the club to the Central League Cup in his final appearance before heading into senior football with Queens Park.

Spells with Irvine Meadow, Beith, Pollok and Darvel followed, and the 32-year-old has now returned to Holm Park for the 2020/21 campaign.

Moffat, who played alongside Archy when he was at the club previously, told the Post that both parties were keen to get the deal done – and described his hopes that McPherson’s stint in the senior game makes him an ideal replacement for former captain and dressing room leader Alan Vezza who left the club at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Moffat said: “I had a few chats with Archy and his passion for the club was still there to see. He was really keen to come back.

“There was no real hard negotiation – it was a case of he was desperate to come back and I was desperate to have him so it was done in a couple of days.

“He comes back a different player from the one that left. He brings some experience and a bit of knowledge of the level of the game.

“He knows what the club is about, he’s won things for the club and he wants to help us be successful again.

“Vez was a terrific captain and he understood the club and knew the demands of the supporters.

“He was a really good ambassador for the club and it was in my mind when I started speaking to Archy that it would be good to have someone in that mould that’s going to know what’s expected so it’s not just me and my staff putting the demands on the boys.”

Elsewhere, the Bankies’ development side have seen their application for the Lowand Development League accepted and have been placed in Conference B alongside Benburb, Drumchapel, Johnstone Burgh, Maryhill, Pollok, Renfrew, Rossvale, St Anthony’s, St Cadocs, Vale of Leven and Yoker Athletic.