Johnstone Burgh have bolstered their squad by making four  more signings.

Forward Sam Esplin and defenders Darren Wilson and James Penders have both joined the club until the end of next season, while defender Ross Geddes has joined on a temporary deal until he goes travelling in September. 

The four new faces follow Burgh’s first signing of the close season, Kieron Magennis, a SYFA Scottish Cup winner with Tower Hearts and brother of St Mirren star Kyle Magennis, who put pen to paper for the club last week. 

Esplin, 19, played under Jamie McKim when he was coach at Glenvale and the Burgh boss is delighted at the prospect of  having the prolific goalscorer in his side again.

He said: “Sam played for Weir’s Recreation last season, but I had him for one season at Glenvale and I have known him about three years now. 

“He is a very, very good player and I’m very excited to have in the squad.

“He scored 30 goals for me, the last time he played for me, so I know what he is going to bring. He is very young, but very strong, powerful and quick and will suit the junior game no problem and will adapt very quickly. 

“He is one that could be here for a couple of years and do really really well.”

Wilson, meanwhile, has been playing in the Scottish Amateur Football League for Ferguslie Star over the past couple of seasons. 

The 25-year-old, who can be deployed in the centre or left of defence, impressed in two trial games for Burgh last season and McKim is delighted to have him signed on a more permanent basis.

The boss added: “I’ve been watching a lot of his games over the past season and he came in and played a couple of trial games for us, the Newmains game away and the Gartcairn game at home, and was very, very good.

“He’s strong, quick and good in the air. He really impressed us and did enough for us to go and make a move and he was happy to come. 

“We have got a few young guys in the back, so he will add experience and maturity.”

Penders previously played for Johnstone Burgh 21s and, most recently, for Gryffe Thistle, and, along with Geddes, 22, who played for the 21s last season, also promises to bring further quality in the side.

McKim said: “He played as a defender last year, but can also play on the left-hand side of midfield. He is strong in a lot of positions.

“Ross (Geddes) last played at  Neilston. He is a big, strong lad, quick quit and very aggresive.”

The club AGM is next Wednesday at 7.30pm at Burgh’s committee rooms, all members are urged to attend.