Saturday 23 July 2011

Rory Boulding signs one-year deal

Gary Bollan has made his second new signing of the summer with the capture of striker Rory Boulding last night.

A second half trialist substitute in last weekend's 1-0 win over Hearts, Boulding impressed Bollan and assistant Scott Paterson sufficiently in training to persuade them to offer him a contract.

The Englishman put pen to paper on a one-year deal, and his new boss is excited at the prospect of him competing for a first team place with fellow strikers Iain Russell, Kenny Deuchar and Marc McNulty.

He said: "I'm pleased we've been able to get Rory onboard because I think he gives us something different from the other lads we have at the club already.

"He'll complement the likes of Iain, Kenny and Sparky and will add more competition for places which is important.

"He's played a good level in the past down south, so we're hopeful that he'll be able to make an impression in the First Division.

"He's quick and powerful and has his best years in front of him, so it's a great signing from our point of view."

Rory, who turned 23 on Thursday, spent last season with League Two club Accrington Stanley, scoring twice in thirteen games.

Prior to his year at the Crown Ground, he had permanent spells with Mansfield Town and Bradford City, in addition to loans at non-league sides Illkeston Town and Hucknall Town.

International clearance is required before Rory can his make his debut, and this may mean that he will need to wait until next weekend's cup clash against Arbroath for his first competitive taste of Scottish football.