Johnstone Burgh’s latest signing Ross Mundy says the transformation gaffer Jamie McKim has underway at Keanie Park is what enticed him to join the squad.

The talented 19-year-old, who can be deployed as a winger or as a forward, has already amassed considerable experience in the juniors for his age.

He played for Arthurlie in the 2016/17 campaign and for Clydebank last season, primarily turning out for the Under 19s, but has also made the step up to play in the first team in the former Super Premier Division for both.

The new Burgh player said: “I saw Jamie was transforming the team into his own squad and I wanted to be part of it. There are lot of challenges for myself as well that I’m looking to get this season.

“There are a lot of talented players in the team and I know a lot of them from before. I played with Euan West at St Mirren and Kerr Watson at Clydebank.

“It was the right time for me to come and I’m looking forward to it.”

The former Bankie, who was part of St Mirren’s youth set up from the ages of 15 to 17, has signed a dual contract with Burgh meaning he can play for both the first team and the 21s.

Having this flexibility was important for McKim, who rates the player highly, but is keen to nurture his talent and development as effectively as possible by easing pressure on the youngster.

The gaffer told the Gazette: “He is six foot plus, a big powerful player with ability and a really good signing for us. I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“He is a young lad, really skillful and direct, but we don’t want to put too much pressure on him too soon, so we have signed him on a dual contract."

Mundy is McKim’s seventh addition of the close season with the Burgh boss close to adding two more big signings to his squad last night after the Gazette went to press, including one with a lot of previous junior and senior experience.

The new-look squad now know who they will face in the Sectional League Cup, which begins this month following pre-season friendlies with Ardrossan Winton Rovers, Clydebank, Irvine Vic, and Glenrothes at Keanie Park.

Burgh have been drawn with top flight sides Neilston and Benburb, and Championship side Arthurlie. They have also been drawn in an away tie with Scottish Junior Cup finalists Hurlford United in the West of Scotland Cup, which kicks off in November.

But despite the hand Burgh has been dealt, McKim insists that his side fear absolutely nobody as they look to make their mark this season in all competitions.

He added: “This season we’re aiming to be top of the league, so we should be competing with teams above us. There is no fear here about playing anybody.

“We went to Kilburnie at the end of last season and put in good performances and showed up well. We’ll try and play our own game and show what we can do.

“It’s all local clubs (in the Sectional League Cup) as it should be, so there will be a derby feeling about it and the boys are looking forward to it. We don’t expect these teams to be too far ahead of us if ahead at all.

“We’re playing away to the Scottish Cup finalists, but we don’t look at negatives, we look at the positives. We’re excited about the challenge.”