Friday, 10 February 2012

Michael Devlin returns...

Michael Devlin: Jesus.

Michael Devlin will return to Stenhousemuir until the end of the season on an emergency loan deal from Hamilton Academical.

The 18-year-old defender previously played for the Warriors last year after joining the club on loan in mid-March. Devlin quickly became an important figure at the club and was arguably as vital as Eric Paton in helping Stenhousemuir avoid relegation. In a series of commanding performances, the unquestionable highlight was his last-minute winning header in a 2-1 victory over Ayr United.

Strong, mature and intelligent, the defender has a bright future ahead of him and is surely one of the finest young players in the SFL. His signing is certainly manager Davie Irons' most positive transfer this calander year.

With Martyn Corrigan expected to miss the rest of the season through injury, Devlin is likely come straight into tomorrow’s squad for the game against Dumbarton and partner Ross McMillan in central defence.

The club has also annnounced Grant Plenderleith's departure from Ochilview. The young forward has been loaned to Bo'ness United for the remainder of the season. Plenderleith spent the second half of last term on loan at the Junior club and, by all accounts, was a relative success.

I doubt the player has any future under Irons. Despite the manager praising the forward and declaring he would make a strong impact throughout the season, Plenderleith has rarely featuring in matchday squads and is often consigned to the stand. As discussed at length in previous articles, the decision to allow him to leave the club while limited replacements like Jamie Campbell are drafted in is still a source of consternation.

Regardless: I wish Grant the very best for the duration of his loan spell.

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