STRIKER Ryan Hynes is enjoying regular game time with Yoker Athletic after a difficult spell at Queen’s Park.

The 23-year-old has scored nine goals in his first seven games with the Whe-Ho, after not scoring for Queen’s in a spell where he only made 15 appearances — 12 as a sub.

And Hynes is looking to stay settled with Yoker if he can.

He said: “I never got a lot of time [for Queen’s Park] when I was there and my confidence was low.

“It’s good to get back and playing at a good level again.

“I missed out at juniors and I always wanted to go back and play at that level.

“I felt when I took the step up to senior there was a lot missing from my game, and I think I need to go to juniors to help develop me a wee bit, so I made the decision after that I would go to junior football, but it was just a waiting game to find out where to go.

He added: “But when I heard of the interest from Yoker, I knew right away that was where I wanted to go. Both because it’s more local for me, it’s a good team but also because I know a lot of the guys there so I know most of the team already.”

And after having interest from Cumnock and Maryhill, it was the Steven Reilly’s side that won the race to sign the striker — and it’s proved to be key for Yoker’s good form at the start of the season.

But the striker is not thinking about his next move just yet, and the right offer would have to come along if he was going to go full-time again.

He said: “I wouldn’t jump the gun to go back to professional, depending on where I was going.

“When I went to Queen’s I was giving up a lot of work, and I missed out on a lot things that I really didn’t want to miss.

“Don’t get me wrong it’s good to play professional, but it’s a big commitment and if you’re not going to play it becomes even harder for you so Steph [Steven Reilly] seems to think I will go back up next year. He’s got high hopes for it.

“If I didn’t get an offer then I’d  be more than happy to stay at Yoker because I’m more than happy here. It’s a good club to play for, it’s well run and you’re well looked after.”

And the striker thinks the club can push on this season, and thinks after their derby win over Clydebank they can be near the top end of the table come the end of the season.

He added: “From last year and just missing relegation obviously the guys’ main aim is to stay in the league, but for me it’s to be up there challenging — win the league or promotion.

“Some of the guys they’ve brought in, there’s no doubt that we can go and do that and we’ve proven that.

“We’ve already drawn with Clydebank and beaten them and they’re the favourites to win the league, so I don’t see why not.”