Following lengthy discussions with Richie McKillen in an attempt to have him stay at Loch Park the club has reluctantly conceded to his transfer request and he has joined East Region champions Linlithgow Rose.
Richie first signed for the Glens, then under Mark Shanks, on a loan deal from Dumbarton in November 2009, and the unassuming big defender soon made a big impression on the Loch Park support. He signed on a permanent deal at the beginning of 2010/11, with Greg Denham now in charge, and went on to make 116 starts for the club and scored 6 goals, including a coupe of Richie rockets, over three and half seasons with the Glens. Richie leaves New Cumnock with a Super League 1st Championship medal and a West of Scotland Cup winners medal.
A hard working honest player, Richie played left-back for much of his time at the club and it was easy to get the impression he would have played in any position for the team. However, a huge part of the club’s successful end to last season saw Richie at his favoured centre-back slot, where he struck a purple patch with a master class in text book defending.
Always on the terracing, home and away, encouraging him through every game was his father David, a true gentleman, and he too will be sorely missed at Loch Park.
We would like to wish Richie all the best at Linlithgow Rose and are delighted that he has this opportunity at such a well respected club, we’re sure he will be a success.