Martin Smith accepting Rory McAllister's award.
Martin Smith accepting Rory McAllister's award.

BRECHIN City may have been pipped at the post in their bid to claim a place in the Scottish first division, but the club’s efforts over the past season have not got unrewarded.

At the IRN-BRU Scottish Football League end of season awards dinner held in Glasgow last week, striker Rory McAllister was presented with the IRN-BRU Phenomenal Second Division Player of the Season award ahead of Iain Russell of Livingston and Mark Roberts of Ayr United.

Brechin City vice-chairman Martin Smith picked up the trophy on behalf of the club’s number nine and he was full of praise for the front man.

Smith said: “Rory has been sensational for Brechin City over the last two years. Scoring 29 goals last season and 29 goals this season says it all.

“Brechin City would not have enjoyed two good cup runs and a play-off campaign had it not been for Rory McAllister.”

The Glebe Park club are keen to keep hold of the striker with Smith saying: “We are trying very hard to keep hold of him.

“Rory is an apprentice plumber with a year left to go on his apprenticeship and we are hoping that we can get him to stay for another season and finish off his apprenticeship.

“We are still negotiating but we know that there is no doubt that Rory can play at a higher level.”

Whether or not Rory is at the Glebe in season 2011-2012 – and St. Johnstone are one of a number of clubs keen to sign the striker – the manager has wasted little time in rebuilding his squad.

No sooner had the final whistle blown on 2010-2011 than Jim Weir was bringing in a number of new faces.

Strengthening the defence will be full-backs David McClune and Mick Dunlop from Alloa Athletic, while three new strikers have also been brought in.

They are Derek Carcary from Dumbarton, Jim Lister, also from Alloa Athletic, and former Hearts and Raith Rovers front man Graham Weir.

Supporters will be delighted also by the signings of Craig Molloy, Neil Janczyk and goalkeeper Craig Nelson for a further season.

The trio are firm favourites with the fans and it’s great news that they have decided to remain with the club for the campaign ahead.

Others to have signed new contracts include Gerry McGlauchlan and goalkeeper David Scott – as City set the pace in getting the pieces of the jigsaw in place prior to pre-season training, which won’t be long in coming round!

Players who have departed the City scene are centre-back David White, midfielder Kevin Byers and striker Mark Archdeacon.

Loan players Ewan Moyes, Jordan Kirkpatrick, Mitch Megginson, Daniel McKay and Roy McBain have also left the club.