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THE first game of the season is only a matter of days away with many new faces set to make their Stranraer debuts.

Paul Woods is one of them but things could have been oh so different with the midfielder almost joining the Blues a couple of years ago.

Instead, the long awaited debut will come against St Mirren on Saturday as the new season kicks off.

Woods said: "This is a second chance for me at League One football, that's the way I'm looking at it.

"As soon as Stevie Farrell gave me a phone, I thought 'I have to take it'.

"I'm really looking forward to the season ahead.

"It's a great bunch of guys here and a great club as well.

"I had the chance to come here two years ago when Stevie Aitken was the manager.

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"Maybe I should have taken it but the time has come now.

"There are good players here and I'm going to be playing with some really good players.

"What's for you will not go by you, I suppose.

"Maybe I should have taken it the first time but I'll take it as a second chance and hopefully do well this time."

It has been an eventful journey for the 30 year old, who is no stranger to League One football.

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Twelve months ago, he was lining up at Hampden Park for Queen's Park as they impressed on their return to Scotland's third tier.

Prior to that, he had started his career at Motherwell and was also with Queen's Park and Albion Rovers as a youngster.

A spell in the Junior ranks with East Kilbride Thistle, Lanark United and Petershill eventually saw him return to the Spiders.

However, a departure from Hampden midway through last term saw him finish the campaign alongside former Blues Sean Winter and Barry Russell at East Kilbride.

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Now, he is back in League One and ready to help Farrell's side enjoy a memorable year.

He added: "The first aim for myself is to stay in the team because there is a good squad full of good players.

"I want to stay in the team and score as many goals as I can and contribute to some.

"For the team, I think there are good ambitions to go and finish as high as we can.

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"That's another reason why I came here - the gaffer was saying he wants us to finish as high as we can.

"A lot of the boys in the dressing room would not have it any other way."

Photo credit: Bill McCandlish, Queen's Park FC

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1 Arbroath 9 21
2 Raith Rovers 9 17
3 East Fife 9 16
4 Brechin City 9 13
5 Stranraer 9 12
6 Airdrieonians 9 10
7 Stenhousemuir 9 9
8 Forfar Athletic 9
9 Dumbarton 9 8
10 Montrose 9 8


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)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)