Ally Love’s chat with best mate Craig Molloy meant Brechin move was no-brainer

Pic by Duncan Brown.

Pic by Duncan Brown.

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Brechin City’s newest forward Ally Love revealed he’s come to Glebe Park to challenge for the League One title.

The 24-year-old joins fellow new boy Chris O’Neill as Darren Dods begins his summer recruitment ahead of the new competitive season.

Love scored 13 times for Albion Rovers last season as the Coatbridge side narrowly missed out on the promotion play-offs.

With fans’ favourite Robert Thomson heading to Dumbarton, Dods was quick to try and replace that source of goals and Ally certainly has the pedigree to do just that.

The former St Mirren and Annan Athletic forward said that Dods quickly showed that he shares his new player’s own ambitions for success.

Ally said: “Darren spoke to me a couple of times as the season was finishing. He wanted to meet up right away so I met up with him, his ambition and where he wants to take Brechin was really good.

“I had a couple of other offers and I told him that. He wanted his own players in, he couldn’t quite get his own stamp on things with how late he came in last year.

“The manager has an idea how he wants to play next season. He knows what he wants to do, who he wants to sign. I see similarities with him and Darren Young when I was at Albion Rovers.

“I’m looking forward to it because it’s going to be a tough league with two full-time teams there in Livingston and Airdrie. Then Alloa have come down, Stranraer will be up there.

“I told the manager, I want to be challenging for the league - it’s where I want to be. I’m wanting to progress as much as I can.

“Brechin are a team used to challenging at the right end of the table and it’s where I want to be. It was a new challenge I needed.

“I won the league at Albion Rovers, then we came up and challenged for the play-offs. I just wanted a new challenge and I think Brechin can give me that.”

Love also revealed that a phonecall to good friend and Brechin City hero Craig Molloy was key in his decision to move to Angus, with ‘Tiger’ giving a glowing endorsement of City.

Ally continued: “I’m very good mates with Craig Molloy, I was at St Mirren with him, and I gave him a wee bell to say where I’m at and he couldn’t speak highly enough of Brechin. He said they’re fantastic, well-run, everybody connected it’s a brilliant club. To be honest, after I spoke to Darren and Craig it was a no-brainer.

“It’s there for anybody that has the ambition, hunger. It’s there. It’s going to be a big test. The main thing, going on last year, you need to start well.

“There’s no reason we can’t hit the ground running. He’s got good players there, a good spine there who did well.”