Nothing sums up the appreciation felt about the WoSFL’s playing standards more than Stirling Albion’s loan signing of Darvel centre-back Cameron Eadie.

The long-established Senior outfit, managed by former Blantyre Vics and Irvine Meadow player/coach Kevin Rutkiewicz whose backroom team also comprises of ex-Juniors pair James Creaney and Kevin Budinauckas, have certainly not struggled to make their mark in the League Two standings this season and they currently hold down a third top of the table placing which has them regarded as a strong promotion play-off contender ahead of a crunch two games in four days… up against derby rivals Stenhousemuir last night before a locking of horns with outright league leaders Queens Park this coming Saturday.

Enlisting the defensive nous of former Elgin City and Peterhead stopper Eadie is intended to further boost those step-up aspirations as indeed have Rutkiewicz’s similar loan deal captures , earlier this month, of his Darvel tea- mates Daryll Meggatt, Jordan Kilpatrick and 26 year old Jordan Allan ,back at the Forthbank Sports Centre where he previously played prior to a 2019 transfer to  Stranraer.

The prospect of the Darvel quartet coming up trumps and helping  the Binos gain League One status might sow a few seeds of trepidation among the Ayrshire club’s supporters however team boss Mick Kennedy has no such concerns and insists this is no “Try Before You Buy” arrangement.

He said: “Stirling Albion’s squad has been depleted by a few injuries of late so it’s only natural that Kevin wanted to boost the quality of his selection hand for their title run-in.

“He knows our guys are the perfect fit not least because they’ve all been over the League Two course before and hopefully they can do him a turn while boosting their own match fitness levels at the same time.

“The opportunity only arose because the WoSFL was recently declared null and void and I can assure our fans that the loan deals, due to end when the Senior season comes to a conclusion, would not have been sanctioned otherwise.

“Come the early summer months, all four of them will revert to being Darvel players again and at that point we can get down to the real serious stuff.”

Meanwhile, intrigued to hear word on the grapevine reckoning a former Stirling Albion signing, versatile defender Evan Horne, might be on the verge of putting pen to paper for Glasgow giants Pollok.

The 22-year-old, without a club since leaving East Stirling at the start of last season, might be a “well kent” face to long in the tooth Newlandsfield followers as his father John was a midfielder in the successful Tommy Reynolds steered Lok side of the early 1990s.

On the managerial front, Lesmahagow club officials are expected to conclude their search for a new team boss by naming their successor to long serving Robert Irving who is taking up a position on the Gow committee.

An announcement is forthcoming over the next few days as a follow up to a short list of applicants being interviewed last midweek.

And encouraging in this day and age to see Gordon Moffat’s achievements at the helm of Clydebank being recognized by the offer of new two-year contracts for him and loyal backroom team allies Gary McMenamin, Kirk Forbes and Drew Marshall.

Moff’s tutelage helped the Bankies gain top spot in the Premier Division and emerge as one of the WoSFL title favourites , before a Coronavirus enforced halt to the season , and his planning for a likewise successful 2021/22 campaign is already underway with fully 18 of his playing charges signed up ,inclusive of sought after striking pair Ciaran Mulcahy and Nikky Little.

He revealed: ”Formal contracts across the board are a necessity of SFA Licensing and we  have been speaking about it for a number of months so it’s  really good to get everything finalised.

“Having that stability for the players as we move on to next season is important as is bringing in only 3 or 4 new faces compared to around 12 last year .

“Everything within this club is going in the right direction and that’s something myself and the guys are delighted to be part of going forward.”