Duo head out on loan

Friday, January 20, 2012
Duo head out on loan

Youngsters Jordan Halsman and Gary Smith have both departed the club on short-term loan deals.

Halsman, who has played twice for the first-team – starting his first game against Clyde in the Scottish Communities League Cup earlier this campaign – has joined Second Division side Albion Rovers on a 28-day loan.

The 20-year old has previously had experience of going out on loan, spending time at both Annan Athletic and Dumbarton

Also departing is striker Gary Smith. The 20-year old, who was the U19s league top scorer back in 2009-10, has found first-team action hard to come by with Michael Higdon, Jamie Murphy, Bob McHugh, Omar Daley and, most recently, Henrik Ojamaa all vying for a starting berth.

These guys work hard during the week and it’s good to have a game on a Saturday to focus on.

The former Queen’s Park youngster, who has made four first-team appearances from the substitute’s bench, including making his Europa League bow against Icelanders Breidablik, has also had experience out on loan – spending six months at Dumbarton last season. He will spend an initial month at Ochilview.

‘Well boss McCall said “With no reserve league it’s important our lads are getting competitive football.

“We’ve already had the likes of Steven Lawless at Albion Rovers, Ross McKinnon at Dumbarton and Steven Howarth at Alloa and it has worked well for them.

“These guys work hard during the week and it’s good to have a game on a Saturday to focus on.”

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