JOHNSTONE Burgh boss Jamie McKim is delighted to secure the signing of youngster Chris Martin.

He revealed he has been tracking the winger since he arrived at the club two and a half years ago.

The left sided player joins The Keanie Park club after youth spells with Motherwell, Queens Park and Clyde, as well as Junior side Kilsyth Rangers.
He is the first new face to arrive at the club this Summer. 

Speaking to Gazette Sport, McKim revealed that the 21-year-old fits the ethos of what the club is looking to do. 

He said: “Chris is another bright, young prospect who’s got good quality and a big future.

“He’s left sided, really good in dead ball situations, creative and a goal

“Chris has made the right decisions along the way and now is the time he’s probably ready and we’ve beaten some strong clubs to bring him in. 

“I think it’s a good move for him for his development more than anything and for us it’s what we’re selling to boys.

“It’s selling the opportunity at the club and what we are doing.

“Everybody would want us to go and get the finished article and an experienced player but trying to get that in with no budget is almost impossible.

“I’m looking for ambitious players because although I might not keep a hold of them forever, it’s a great starting point.

“I’ve been in contact with him since I got the job here.

“I think Chris has made a good decision to come in and he’ll be here for the season at least and see where it goes. 

“We met him at the park on Saturday and had a wee chat and we let him go away and think about it. 

“He went to the car and then ran back in and said he was going to commit so I was delighted with that.” 

The Burgh Boss added he is optimistic about a return to the pitch sooner rather than later.

He said: “We’re hoping to be back training in small groups in the next couple of weeks and that’s what we’re preparing for at the moment.” 

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