- Published: Wednesday, 23 September 2015 18:20
The 22 year old midfielder previously played for Spanish 3rd National Division side Cultural Durango and Hegarty admits to having been impressed with what he’s seen so far of the youngster. Paul said, “Adrian has looked good in training and comes with the natural ability you expect from a kid who has grown up within Spanish football. He played in a friendly match recently and acquitted himself very well both in a wide role and in central midfield. He will be a great addition to the squad.”
Before moving to Durango in 2011, Adrian spent two years with Athletic Bilbao U19's during which time he won the Cup of Spain. Last season he scored nine goals for Durango, who reached the promotion play-offs.
Adrian has come to the UK to improve his English and further his studying in Business Management. His new Links Park team mates aim to have him speaking proper English in no time!
With the previous pitch having come to the end of its natural life the League 2 side were faced with financing a new state of the art surface during the close season.
Club Chairman Derek Sim (pictured left) explained, "We are delighted to have secured this grant and very grateful that the Scottish Football Partnership are prepared to support our Club.
In handing over the cheque, Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer said, "We are about supporting football at all levels in Scotland and we look to help professional clubs with projects that are linked to National Club Licensing.
"We were more than keen to support the project here at Links Park as not only does it help the first team but it also helps with the great work they do in the community.
"I hope the new surface serves the Club well and delivers huge benefits."
The new pitch, which in total cost the Club over £100,000 uses the latest technologies and was provided and laid by German sports company Polytan, one of the leading international suppliers of synthetic turf. The Ligaturf RS+ Coolplus 240 World Cup Edition surface has a 40mm pile with over 100,000 blades per square metre and the green infill is the same as that used in the Bern Stadium.
“The pitch really has given the club a new lease of life. It looks great, it plays great and we have started the season with three home wins. Attendances are up so our fans must be enjoying the new pitch too which is all helping to create a positive and buoyant atmosphere."
Back Row - Robert Ogg (Assistant Kitman), Lloyd Hester, Adrian Mallagaray, Ryan Ferguson, Matty Allan, Graham Webster, Jordan Millar, Paul Watson (captain), Ross Salmon, Declan Milne, Ross Campbell, Greg Pascazio, Andrew Steeves, Jordan Reoch, Jim Butter (Goalkeeping Coach)Front Row - Ronnie Marquis (Kitman), Kyle Willox, Kyle McLeod, Dale Reid, Scott Johnston, Gary Fraser, Paul Hegarty (Manager), John Holt (Assistant Manager), Ross McCord, Ryan Kenneth, Terry Masson, Adam McWilliam, Gavin Malin, George Stewart (Physio)
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