STRANRAEcbelford1516smallR will be in safe hands next season, with goalkeeper Cameron Belford describing it as "very likely" that he would be returning to the club.

The shotstopper became a firm favourite with the Stair Park faithful during a six-month loan deal.Belford said: "It's very likely I'll be back, to be honest.

"We had discussions about it before the season ended and the manager and the chairman approached me.

"It was just a case of getting a deal together and agreed on."

The goalkeeper goes on holiday tomorrow but was expecting to finally put pen to paper soon after his return next week.

Last season, Belford, who joined the club on loan in January from Wrexham, spent his time travelling north of the border for training and for games.

Now, he is prepared to move to Scotland and sign on ahead of the club returning to training on June 16.

The 27-year-old was unable to help the Blues seal promotion to the Championship through the play-offs last season, with Stranraer suffering a penalty shoot-out defeat to Ayr United.

The goalkeeper said: "Obviously, it is a horrible way to lose out.

"We were the better side against Ayr but didn't take our chances in the first game.

"It was a difficult one to take but we have got to brush ourselves off and go again.

"That is one of the main reasons for continuing at Stranraer - the way it finished left unfinished business and I want to repay the faith they had in bringing me in."

Now, he is determined to use the agony of the play-off defeat to ensure the club goes one better in 2017 and secures promotion.

He said: "After the initial disappointment, it took me about a week at least to get over it.

"The missus had to leave me alone for a week.

"But that's football and in football it is how you react and bounce back from things, the disappointments and the negatives."

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
18
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


Fixtures

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)
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)