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Tuesday, March 11
Beith Juniors New Signings

The club are delighted to announce the signing of Martin McGarvey from Pollok. Beith have also signed Steven McLean, who was released by Renfrew, to the end of the season.

Martin McGarvey -"After a short spell away from Bellsdale it became clear for me that I had made the wrong decision in leaving. I am extremely grateful to Beith F.C. management, committee and supporters for giving me the opportunity to return and to the players for welcoming me back under unusual circumstances. I also thank Pollok F.C for allowing this to happen and apologise for the inconvenience caused to both clubs. Beith F.C. is an outstanding club and I'm looking forward to continuing as a member of the playing staff"

 

From Evening Times Article today by Jim O'Donnell

HE came, he saw . . . and he had second thoughts about hanging around long enough to conquer.

Admittedly a bit of a play on the well-known Julius Caesar saying, however there are no more fitting words to describe today's astonishing transfer of Pollok midfielder Martin McGarvey back to his previous club Beith.

Less than a month has elapsed since outstanding playmaker McGarvey departed the Ayrshire outfit amid a blaze of publicity to join reigning Super Premier champions Lok, but now he is winging his way back to Bellsdale Park just one friendly match at Benburb and a competitive outing against Bellshill Athletic later.

Yet Garv is fiercely adamant in insisting he was anything but brassed off by his short-lived Newlandsfield spell.

He said: "I'm both absolutely delighted to be rejoining Beith and disappointed to be walking away from a club of Pollok's size and stature.

"Truth is I did not realise just how much I enjoyed playing for Beith until after leaving them and the pangs of regret have steadily worsened ever since.

"People might think me mad as there is no doubt my chances of picking up the game's top prizes at Pollok would have been greatly enhanced as they have a terrific side.

"However, at my age being happy and enjoying my football are every bit as important and I reckon those factors would be best served at Beith.

"To admit my moving was a mistake was the easy part and I'm just grateful to the Beith club officials and, indeed, to Rab Sneddon, for allowing me this opportunity to retrace my steps."

McGarvey's return on a two-year contract was greeted with euphoric Bellsdale dressing room scenes and has acted as a massive boost to morale, already heightened on the back of Saturday's 3-2 success over Super Premier leaders Irvine Meadow.

The playmaker's pledge to the Ayrshire club sparked a similar response from highly- rated trio Kenny McLean, Andy Reid and Martin "Mushy" Stewart.

They have all put pen to paper on new two-year deals, albeit with the proviso that Beith will not stand in their way should the chance to go Senior come their way.

Pleased as punch gaffer Johnny Millar said: "I did not have to think twice when it became clear there was a possibility Martin might come back to Beith.

"He is a truly outstanding player and his signature following hard on the heels of three vital points at Irvine on Saturday has lifted the whole club.

"Getting the other three lads fixed up longer term is also terrific news, but there is still a lot of hard work to do this season, starting with our Ayrshire Cup game against Maybole this week."


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