New goalie signed

Neil Parry
Neil Parry

QUEEN’S Park are building from the back by signing a new goalkeeper for the upcoming season

The Hampden side have secured Neil Parry from Arthurlie to help boss Gardener Speirs as he hopes to build a side capable of earning promotion from the third division.

Alan Urquhart

Alan Urquhart

Neil told ExtraSport: “I am already enjoying the level of football at Queen’s and the professional outlook at the club has impressed me greatly.

“I am enjoying working with the manager, Gardner Speirs and goalkeeping coach Ronnie Cant. To be honest, I can’t wait to play at Hampden and to be facing good quality opposition every week”.

A product of Stenhousemuir, the six foot four inch goalie will compete with fellow ex-junior Adam Strain for the goalkeeping jersey next season.

Former Hill Park secondary pupil Alan Urquhart was invited to join Queen’s Park’s first team squad on a four day training camp at Inverclyde, Largs last week.

The 18-year-old made his debut on Thursday against Queen of the South in a 2-2 draw, where he came on as a substitute.

The midfielder then started against Albion Rovers on Saturday and almost scored on the 50th minute but was thwarted by the keeper.

Gardener Speirs said: “Alan is part of a small group of our under-19 squad that have joined the first team pool for our training camp at Largs. He was a substitute for the Queen of the South game and was due to get a taste of the action towards the end but we had to put him on a lot sooner.

“To replace our Player of the Year from last season against a very experienced side at short notice and put on the performance he did says a lot about Alan. I am sure he will be challenging for a place in my first team squad in the season ahead”.

For youngsters looking to follow in Alan’s footsteps, QP are holding summer coaching courses for children and youth footballers.

The courses are open for those aged three upwards and offer a week where youngsters can learn from the best.

The Extra is running a competition TO WIN two places each week.

All you have to do is e-mail gregor.hollerin@jpress.co.uk with the answer to the question; Queen’s Park have a nick-name. Is it A. The Wasps, B. The Bees or C. The Spiders.