Jun 27 2012 by David Ogilvie, Stirling Observer Wednesday
STIRLING Albion new boy David McClune insists he has no concerns about playing Third Division football for the first time.
The 29-year-old defender, who joined the Binos from Brechin City earlier this month, played SPL football with St Johnstone in the early part of his career and also turned out in Division One with Saints, prior to spells in the Second Division with Forfar, Alloa and Brechin City.
But McClune is relishing the prospect of trying to help Albion mount a promotion bid, which begins with a home match against Annan Athletic on August 11.
He said: “This is the first time I will have played in the Third Division and that will be me having played in all four divisions.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to come here because I know some of the guys like Mark Ferry, Graham Weir and Marc McCulloch.
“It’s a good set-up and it’s handy as well in terms of travelling, with me living on this side of Glasgow.
“I think there is a good balance in the squad of youth and experience. Saturday’s bounce game is the first time I have seen the younger guys and there are some right good players there. I think it will be a tight league but hopefully we will either be challenging for the title or up there in the play-offs.”
McClune admits he is keen to put a frustrating 12 months at Brechin behind him. He said: “I think we were favourites with the bookies to win the league before the season started and we thought we had put together a good, experienced squad but for one reason or another it never happened.
“From my own point of view, I didn’t play enough games and towards the end of the season I picked up a wee groin problem and it was stop-start. I’m just desperate to get going again. I was back playing at the end of last season and was able to do some work over the summer which helped.
“I would say my normal position is right-back but I can also play in midfield. Most of my games for Brechin were at left-back but that’s more because they were short in that position.”
Fellow new recruit Bradley Coyne – a striker who was previously with St Mirren, East Stirling and Forfar – is confident he can become a prolific marksman for the Binos.
He said: “I want to work hard and do well for myself and the team. I do look to score one goal in every game and I know that’s not always going to be possible but that is the aim.
“People have referred to me as a powerful striker but I see myself as a penalty-box striker. If the ball drops to me in the box I would say I’m confident of scoring but I will work hard for the team as well.
“All I want is to get experience and be playing football every week. I think I have made the right decision coming here. I managed to score a few goals for East Stirling and Forfar after leaving St Mirren last year so hopefully I can do the same for Stirling.”
Bradley is the son of Tommy Coyne, who topped the Premier Division scoring charts with Dundee, Celtic and Motherwell during a goal-laden career that also saw him capped for the Republic of Ireland, so the 19-year-old is following in illustrious footsteps.
He added: “My dad gives me a bit of advice, which is to always give 100 per cent and not to get down if you miss a chance because another one will come along.
“He’s not involved in football at the moment but he enjoys coming along to watch me and my brother, Thomas, who is at Linlithgow Rose.”
Binos boss Greig McDonald has held talks with a left-back and this week hopes to announce what would be his third summer signing after McClune and Coyne. He also expects to add a goalkeeper to his squad before 2012/13 kicks off with a Ramsdens Cup clash at Falkirk on July 28, although two trialists are permitted in that tie after a change to SFL rules.