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As any Stranraer fan knows only too well, there are always comings and goings in lower league Scottish football.

Some signings work out, some don't, and others fall in between.

In all, 30 players pulled on the blue jersey last season, with just 11 of those still at Stair Park.

That leaves 19 who have all moved on pastures new, but how have last season's departing squad members fared since moving on?

Smart Osadolor
Moved to East Kilbride, Rossvale, Annan, Clyde
1 Stranraer appearance, no goals

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Smart Osadolor signed on the day of the playoff semi-final victory over Livingston in May 2016, but was one of the first players out of the door in 2016/17, having been consigned to the bench for much of his short-lived Stranraer stay.

In all, the striker played just 28 minutes of competitive action for the Blues, in a substitute appearance against former club Annan in the Betfred Cup group stage.

He had a similar experience, being released after just 80 minutes of football at promotion-chasing Lowland League side East Kilbride, before moving to Rossvale Juniors, and ending up back at Annan.

Smart was signed by Clyde for this season, and returned to haunt Stranraer with an impressive strike in the sides' IRN-BRU Cup contest on 15 August - one of 6 goals so far this term.

Frank McKeown
Moved to Alloa Athletic
192 Stranraer appearances, 18 goals

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Frank McKeown captained the Blues to the playoffs in both 2013/14 and 2014/15, so it's easy to see why he was brought back at the beginning of the 2016/17 season following an injury-hit season at Championship side Greenock Morton.

However, it never really worked out for Franko in his second spell at Stranraer, and he opted for a move to Alloa in January after finding his first team opportunities limited.

Since then, McKeown has been in and out of Jim Goodwin's team, and injury has limited his appearances so far this season.

It goes without saying that the 31 year old will always be warmly welcomed at Stair Park.

Luke Watt
Moved to East Fife, Airdrieonians
12 Stranraer appearances, no goals


Motherwell loanee Luke Watt was drafted in to plug a leaky defence in August 2016, but like many on this list, was in and out of the first team.

After returning to his parent club in the new year, Luke went out on loan to East Fife, where he made 3 appearances in 2017.

With Airdrie looking to bolster their squad for 2017/18, Watt was loaned out again and has since been utilised primarily in a midfield role.

Craig Thomson
Moved to St Johnstone (end of loan)
21 Stranraer appearances, 3 goals

Craig Thomson joined the Blues in August 2016 and scored 3 goals across 21 appearances, before returning to his parent club in January 2017.

Thomson has since made a number of appearances for the Saints, including a cameo against Rangers on 13 October 2017.

Joe Nuttall
Moved to Aberdeen (end of loan), Dumbarton, Blackburn Rovers
10 Stranraer appearances, 2 goals

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Joe Nuttall, perhaps more so than anyone on the list, appears to be a case of "what might have been".

Signed on loan from Aberdeen, Nuttall looked a prospect with goals against Albion Rovers and Stenhousemuir, but virtually disappeared when utilised as a lone frontman for the remainder of his stay.

Returned to the Dons, but was picked up on loan by Stevie Aitken's Dumbarton, making just 2 substitute appearances.

Things looked bleak for Nuttall when Aberdeen released the striker in the summer, but he wowed Blackburn Rovers in a trial, scoring 5 goals in 2 games for their under 23 side.

The former Manchester City prospect is now a fully-fledged member of the the Rovers first team squad, and has so far chipped in with 5 goals in 9 appearances for the English League 1 side.

More on Joe Nuttall

Ross Barbour
Moved to Troon
4 Stranraer appearances, no goals

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Ross Barbour was one of a handful of summer signings which looked great on paper, but never quite delivered.

An experienced defender with over 60 Premiership appearances to his name, Barbour looked a coup when Brian Reid picked him up following his release by Kilmarnock.

Barbour was the first choice right back when the Betfred Cup got underway, but conceded a penalty against Rangers at Ibrox and was more or less out of the team from that point onwards.

Released in August 2016, the full back signed for junior side Troon, where he plays alongside a handful of ex-Blues, including...

Evan Maley
Moved to Troon
1 Stranraer appearance, no goals


Evan Maley - son of former U20s manager Matt - made his loan move to Portland Park permanent in summer 2017.

Maley only made one appearance for the Blues first team, but showed potential in his displays as the U20s' midfield architect, and will now look to build his first team experience.

Jack Whittaker
Moved to Kilmarnock (end of loan), Cowdenbeath
1 Stranraer appearance, no goals

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Stranraer fans could be forgiven for forgetting Jack Whittaker, a young winger brought in on loan from Kilmarnock in the final days of Brian Reid's reign as manager in January 2017.

He made his debut - unfortunately for him - in the 1-0 defeat at Stenhousemuir, before disappearing altogether.

Whittaker is now at League Two strugglers Cowdenbeath, where he's made 7 appearances so far.

Christian Nadé
Moved to Dumbarton
12 Stranraer appearances, 2 goals


From Dumbarton he came, to Dumbarton he returned.

There was great excitement when lumbering menace Christian Nadé checked into Stair Park in summer 2016, and his spell at Stranraer got off to the perfect start with a goal within minutes of his debut against Annan.

However problems set in for the powerful striker, who was unhappy with his role in the team and struggled with injury, before leaving altogether in November 2016.

Returning to the Sons two months later, he settled back in at the Rock and has since scored a further 5 goals for the Championship side.

2017 so far has seen further injury woes, but if he stays fit, the big man could be key to Aitken's side staying up this season

Willie Gibson
Moved to Peterhead
98 Stranraer appearances, 25 goals

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As far as departures go, they don't come much bigger than Willie Gibson.

A firm fan favourite and scorer of many important goals over the years, Willie left the club in the summer after turning down a contract at Stair Park.

The Dumfries resident surprised many when he swapped the south west of the country for the north east, making a move to League Two contenders Peterhead.

Despite having to concede the set piece duties at Balmoor to profilic Blue Toon marksman Rory McAllister, it's been a solid start for Gibson. His side currently lead the way in League Two, with the winger's first goal arriving away to Cowdenbeath on 16 September,

Meanwhile back in Wigtownshire, there's not a free kick that goes by without his name being mentioned.

Calvin Kemp
Moved to Auchinleck Talbot, Dirrans Athletic
15 Stranraer appearances, no goals

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Young striker Calvin Kemp was highly rated by a series of Stranraer managers, but moved on in summer to gain first team experience elsewhere.

His move to junior giants Auchinleck Talbot was short-lived, however, with the East Ayrshire club making several squad cuts early in the season.

Kilwinning amateur side Dirrans Athletic will provide a local platform for Kemp to further his development.

Craig Pettigrew
Moved to Auchinleck Talbot, Kilwinning Rangers
93 Stranraer appearances, 2 goals

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Another victim of the early season squad cuts at Talbot was Craig Pettigrew, who left Stranraer in the summer.

The move to the Ayrshire junior giants seemed a no-brainer, with Pettigrew having amassed several trophies as a stalwart of their side in the years leading up to his first spell at Stranraer.

The experienced defender helped the Blues to consecutive playoff finishes, before following manager Stevie Aitken to Dumbarton. However, he was soon out of favour at the Rock, and Brian Reid brought him back to Stair Park in 2017 to bolster the defence.

Released in summer, he signed on for a second spell at Talbot, but was placed on the transfer list in September, shortly after being made captain of the Scotland junior side.

Kilwinning Rangers manager Chris Strain wasted no time in swooping for the full back, and he scored his first goal for the club - a 25 yard free kick, no less - against Arthurlie on 7 October.

Craig Malcolm
Moved to Alloa Athletic
250 Stranraer appearances, 104 goals

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Where to start with Craig Malcolm.

Apart from that one season in the wilderness at Somerset Park, it's hard to imagine Malky in anything but Stranraer blue. However, that's the image home fans had to confront when the striker lined up for Alloa at Stair Park on 14 October.

Stranraer ran out victorious in the first meeting of the sides, with their old talisman unable to impact the game in his second half substitute appearance - although he'll meet the Blues again on 23 December.

Malcolm has scored 6 goals in 19 appearances for the Wasps at time of writing, and will no doubt be a key player for the Clackmannanshire side over the course of the season.

Amadou Kassaraté
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13 Stranraer appearances, 2 goals

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Senegal U20s striker Amadou Kassaraté was one of Stevie Farrell's first signings for Stranraer on a loan deal from Dumbarton.

Kassaraté was used primarily as an impact sub for the Blues, and found his first team opportunities limited.

Unfortunately, a move down to England for academic reasons meant Amadou's football career would have to take a backseat, but his overhead kick against Stenhousemuir will live long in the memory.

Mark McGuigan
Moved to Stenhousemuir
80 Stranraer appearances, 16 goals

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One forward who hasn't missed a beat since leaving Stranraer is tall frontman Mark McGuigan.

Mark joined us in 2015 fresh from a League 2 title-winning campaign with Albion Rovers, and the popular 29 year old has been on fire for Stenhousemuir in the same division.

McGuigan has scored a remarkable 14 goals in 21 games, linking up well with fellow ex-Blues favourite Jamie Longworth up front.

And with Stenny in playoff contention, the striker could well be terrorising League 1 defences very soon.

Giuliano Morena
Moved to Virtus Castelfranco (Italian Serie E)
22 Stranraer appearances, no goals

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The affable Italian - signed by Brian Reid in summer 2016 - was another casualty of the summer clearout.

His graft in central midfield and friendly nature endeared him to Blues fans, earning a first team place which he solidified with some battling displays across 22 appearances.

Unfortunately for Giuliano, he wouldn't feature at all in 2017, as new manager Stevie Farrell looked to take the struggling Blues in a different direction.

An outing as a trialist in Peterhead's 2-0 friendly win over Dundee United wasn't enough to earn Morena a contract in Scotland, and he returned to his homeland.

Signing for Virtus Castelfranco in his native Italy, Morena is settling back into his old life, but will no doubt be fondly remembered at Stair Park.

David Wilson
Moved to Dumbarton
14 Stranraer appearances, no goals

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One man who was ahead of Morena in the pecking order was Partick Thistle loanee David Wilson, a midfielder who came highly recommended by the Jags coaching staff.

Wilson clearly possessed many of the attributes required to compete in League 1, but found his first team opportunities limited as Farrell opted for consistency and experience in the middle of the park.

Released by his parent club at the end of the season, the 23 year old linked up with former Blues boss Stevie Aitken at Dumbarton, and has since made 21 appearances at time of writing, scoring once.

Sam McCloskey
Moved to Kilwinning Rangers
26 Stranraer appearances, 1 goal

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Another promising youngster, Sam McCloskey arrived at Stair Park from Bonnyton Thistle in 2014, and made a total of 26 appearances, mostly from the bench.

Perhaps the highlight of his 3 years at Stranraer was a sensational double nutmeg against Stenhousemuir at Ochilview on Boxing Day 2015, which helped the Blues to a 5-1 win.

McCloskey went out to Kilwinning on loan in October 2016, and made that move permanent over the summer.

The resurgent Buffs are currently 2nd in the league, just one point behind leaders Beith Juniors.

Michael Donald
Moved to Florida State, USA (Head Coach)
12 Stranraer appearances, no goals

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Michael Donald was no stranger to Stranraer when he arrived in January 2017, having played his part in Ayr United's promotion playoff victory at the Blues' expense the previous season.

After a four year spell at Somerset Park, the experienced wideman requested his release to become Stevie Farrell's first signing, and played his part in keeping the Stair Park side in the division.

With his contract up in summer, Donald crossed the Atlantic to accept a role as Head Coach at Florida State, and will hope his experience from over a decade of Scottish senior football can benefit the development of the youngsters.

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1 Arbroath 21 52
2 Raith Rovers 21 39
3 East Fife 21 35
4 Forfar Athletic 21 33
5 Airdrieonians 21 30
6 Montrose 21 28
7 Stranraer 20 23
8 Dumbarton 21
9 Brechin City 20 19
10 Stenhousemuir 21 16


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
24 - Conor O'Keefe (MID)