Girvan seal a deal for former Maybole boss

Girvan have appointed former Maybole manager Peter Leonard to the dugout this week as they look to salvage a difficult season.

Leonard left Maybole in November last year after almostr ten years at the club and is looking forward to taking charge at another Carrick club.

He said: “I’ve known Danny Cunningham for a while and I was approached after I left Maybole.

“The people at the club sold it really well to me and I think there’s a false perception about Girvan at the moment.

“A lot of great work is being done behind the scenes and I believe the club will soon be given community status whilst work will also be done to upgrade Hamilton Park.

“After being at Maybole, I wanted to be at a club where I could see there was a hard working, youngish committee who would take care of that side of things, allowing me to get on with managing the team and Girvan fits that.”

Girvan have endured a miserable season so far, collecting only one point in the Ayrshire District League, with Leonard aiming to make the side competitive again.

“Things need to be freshened up and I’ve already brought in four new players to help make Girvan more competitive again in the short-term,” he said.

“Stevie O’ Donnell has re-signed from Cumnock which is a big boost to the defence and I’ve also brought in Steven McKissock and Scott Johnston, two boys I know well from Annbank.

“The final signing is Nicky Wilde who was at Kilwinning and we’re also looking to get a couple of loan players in.”

Leonard starts his reign away at Saltcoats on Saturday, who Girvan drew with in November.

“I’ll know a lot more about the squad after training on Wednesday and what we have to work with,” he added.

“Myself and my assistants Chris Flannigan and Steven McNally have a certain way we like to play so hopefully the players will buy into that though it will take time

“Short-term we need to be more competitive again.”