Four more Diamonds put pen to paper
May 19, 2018
In a busy morning at Excelsior Stadium, four more players have agreed terms with the club.
We are delighted to welcome goalkeepers Scott Gallacher and David Hutton, striker Joao Victoria and returning midfielder Sean McIntosh to Airdrieonians after the foursome signed one-year contracts today.
28-year-old Gallacher spent time at the Excelsior back in 2013 playing eight games on loan from Rangers.
The big keeper then went on to turn out for Hearts, Alloa Athletic, St Mirren and Hibernian before joining Dumbarton last season.
He told airdriefc.com: “I’m glad to be back at such a great club. I enjoyed my time here before, we had a great bunch of lads then and hopefully it’ll be the same again.
“I’m joining a team that will be challenging. Raith’s full-time status will make them favourites, but we’ll be there or thereabouts.”
Fellow custodian Hutton (32) brings a wealth of experience to the position, having featured for Clyde, Queen of the South, Hamilton Academical, Morton, Ayr United, Dunfermline and Arbroath.
The well travelled goalie said: “I can’t wait to get started after a good season with Arbroath. As soon as I heard of Stevie’s interest I thought this was the place to be.
“Everywhere I’ve been I’ve had to fight for my place, that’s part and parcel of being a goalkeeper - but I’m relishing it and I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.”
Portuguese hitman Victoria has played for Queen’s Park, Arbroath, East Kilbride and Albion Rovers.
The 29-year-old can’t wait to pull on the Diamond.
“It feels great to sign for Airdrie, it’ll be a good challenge for me.
“I’m looking forward to getting started - hopefully I can bring pace, skill and a few goals to the team!”
Finally, versatile midfielder Sean McIntosh was delighted to sign back on with the club where the former Celtic youth made his senior breakthrough.
“I’m delighted to continue my time here. I’ve obviously been here for a few years and played a lot of games from a young age.
“I’ve been through a lot with Stevie, and having him as the gaffer was a big factor in me wanting to stay here. Hopefully it’ll be a successful season.”
Manager Stephen Findlay was pleased with the days business.
“I’m delighted to get two experienced keepers in. It’s one of those positions where you generally find you have an experienced player and one who is less so, but I felt we had to strengthen there and we now have two fantastic goalkeepers battling it out for the number one shirt.
“To get Scott here is an absolutely outstanding capture, and to have a goalkeeper with David’s experience alongside him gives us fantastic competition.
“Joao Victoria is a player who I’ve seen quite a bit of, and David Proctor knows his attributes very well. When we were looking at how we want to play this season, we identified that we needed pace up top and in the wide areas.
“Joao is a big lad with blistering pace, and he’s a good finisher. He’ll give us adaptability up front, and he can also play out wide. With the pitch here we’ll really be able to capitalise on his talents, and we think he’ll do really well here.
“Sean is a player I brought to the club a number of years ago, and I know his game well. He was always one that we wanted to hold on to - he’s a versatile player and he’s still very young, so we felt it was important to keep him and give him the opportunity to kick on.
“We’re delighted to get the signing over the line, and I think Sean will reap the rewards. The challenge is there for him, and he’s focused on making sure he can push into the team next season.
“We spoke at the Q&A in December about the planning we had been doing, and it’s all coming to fruition now. By the time we get to the start of the season you’ll see a squad with a good strong spine, plenty of energy and a couple of experienced heads.
“We’ve got leadership on and off the park, and we’ve got quality footballers. Kudos to the board for their support in allowing us to bring in the people we wanted.
“Next season is where we’ll be judged and rightly so, but we know that we have to have a winning team on the pitch to get the fans behind us. We need to be challenging at the right end of the table, and I’m confident that the signings we’ve made will put us in a good position to do that.”
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