Club still wants to join South league

THE director of a South Lanarkshire football team hoping to break with its amateur status and join the South of Scotland League told The Galloway Gazette this week that the move would be the ‘right thing for his team’.

Iain King of East Kilbride Football Club confirmed that he had announced at a recent dinner plans to apply for consideration to be allowed into the league, but that nothing had been confirmed.

Last week, we reported that Mr King was quoted in an East Kilbride newspaper as suggesting to dinner guests that the move was a done deal, but he has since criticised the local newspaper for its report on his comments.

He told The Gazette: “At our Annual Sportsman’s Dinner I made an announcement to the club members who were in attendance, and the local press, that we had made an application to the South of Scotland League for next season and were hopeful that it would be successful.

“That was it. The paper were there as our club guests and reported most of the evening very favourably but took the South of Scotland League application a step too far.

“I would never be so disrespectful to the South of Scotland League, or secretary Richard Osborne, who I have been in contact with over our application, as to assume we would be successful.”

He added: “We realise we have a journey ahead of us but it is one we are very keen to see end with us playing our football in the south next season as we see it as the right place for us.”

A meeting was due to take place last night (Thursday) at Islecroft, Dalbeattie, where the application was to be discussed.