John MacDonald (Midfielder) - John is a product of the Dunfermline Athletic youth system, spending six seasons there before joining Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in 2012, before moving to Edinburgh City in 2014. John was part of the Edinburgh City side who won promotion to SPFL League Two in 2015-16, alongside two Lowland League winners medals. Joined up at Penicuik Park in late 2016.Darrell Young (Defender) - The central defender now in his fifth season at the club with over 125 appearances under his belt and firmly established as a first-choice centre half. Signed from Bonnyrigg Rose ‘A’ in the summer of 2013 and was an integral part of the Premier League winning side in 2013-14 and a key member of the 2016 Fife & Lothians Cup winning team.Lewis Barr (Midfielder) - Lewis initially played for Penicuik in 2012/13 on loan from East Fife making the break through to their first team during the 2013/14 season. Joined Penicuik at the start of 2015-16 in search of regular football and ‘unfinished business’ and has been an influential midfielder and a part of the 2016 Fife & Lothians Cup winning team. Appointed as vice-captain for the new season.Scott McCrory- Irving (Midfielder) – Another summer signing from the Lowland League. Attacking midfielder Scott joined Edinburgh University two years ago from Spartans U20s and he was a prominent part of their side in last season's Lowland League, notably scoring a fine free kick against champions East Kilbride Thistle.
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Aaron Ponton (Midfielder) - Arran joined from Premier League side Haddington Athletic as our first addition ahead of season 2017/18. Arran joined the Millfield side from Musselburgh Athletic in 2013, making over 100 appearances and winning the South Division in 2015 under Johnny Harvey. Arran also counts Berwick Rangers, Arniston Rangers and Vale of Leithen as his former clubs.Andrew Forbes (Defender) - A right back who played his youth football with Inverurie Loco Works, and had featured on a handful of occasions for their Highland League first team before moving south in 2008 to attend Heriot Watt University. He became a stalwart of Heriot Watt’s East of Scotland League team over seven seasons and earned recognition as a member of the Scottish Universities select team. Joined Haddington at the start of 2015-16 before heading to Penicuik at the start of last season.
Aaron Somerville (Striker) - A prolific goalscorer in the Lowland League, where he was Golden Boot winner in 2014-15, Aaron joined from Whitehill Welfare in the summer of 2015. His previous clubs include his hometown Vale of Leithen and Newtongrange Star. Started pre-season with a five goal haul at Preston Atheltic.
A Junior internationalist, Sean has been a prolific goal scorer within the Super League during spells with Newtongrange Star, Musselburgh Athletic and Bonnyrigg Rose, averaging nearly 20 goals in each of the last four seasons. Sean has actually pulled on a Cuikie shirt before, making two substitute appearances as a Trialist during our 2009 League Cup matches. Sean began his junior career with Haddington Athletic where his goal scoring exploits in the South Division earned him a move to East Fife, though he found his chances at Methil limited. A move back the Juniors followed with Sean joining Newtongrange Star with whom he spent two years, before spending a season with Musselburgh Athletic. ‘Jamo’ then moved onto Bonnyrigg Rose at the beginning of last season, scoring 23 times. Sean’s final goal for Bonnyrigg ironically came against ourselves under a fortnight ago.
Wayne Sproule (Midfielder) - Wayno was on Cowdenbeath's books before switching to Falkirk and he was attached to the Bairns between ages thirteen and eighteen. He played for Tynecastle, Whitehill Welfare and Vale of Leithen before he went ‘junior’ at Haddington in summer 2015. The midfielder followed the manager from Haddington last summer. He made almost twenty appearances before heading off around the world on his travels. He’s now back and searching for fitness!
Callum Connelly (Midfielder) - A midfielder joined the club early last season from Lowland League Whitehill Welfare. Callum joined Whitehill from Lothian Thistle HV in the summer of 2015 and made 37 appearances, scoring 10 goals. Is becoming Mr Versatility at Penicuik having filled almost the outfield positions.
Craig Hume (Defender) - Signed in the summer of 2016 and has settled in well as vice-captain and central defender. Previous clubs include Tranent Juniors, Lothian Thistle and Lochend before joining East Stirlingshire. He returned to the East of Scotland League with Leith Athletic before joining Edinburgh United in the summer of 2013 and captained them to the South Division title. Left for Haddington at the start of the 2014-15 season and spent two seasons there before heading to Penicuik Park and has been appointed Club Captain for the new season.
Sam Jones (Midfielder) - Sam joined on loan from Berwick Rangers just before Christmas last year having joined Berwick at the beginning of the season from Loanhead Miners Welfare. Prior to that, Sam had spent time with Hibs and Hutchison Vale. Sam was captain of the Berwick Rangers ‘Development’ side last season and was Player of the Year. Having left Berwick at the end of the season Sam signed a permanent deal at Penicuik.John Williams (Defender) – Another summer capture from Lowland league Whitehill Welfare. John signed for the Rosewell side in 2015, having previously played for Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, where he was teammates with Callum Connolly.Gary Hamilton (Defender) – Centre Half Gary signed in the close season having spent last season at Newtongrange Star. Previously at Musselburgh Athletic, where he reached the Junior Cup Final in 2015, and he previously has also represented Spartans and Coldstream.Ross Montgomery (Midfielder) - Ross is described as the prodigal son having returned to play for the so often since making his debut back in 2007. His sponsor the Penicuik Boomerang Club certainly have got it right as Ross has signed for the club on no less than ten different occasions. If he had stayed put he would have had a testimonial rather than just a new pen every time he out pen to paper for the club!Ryan Baptie (Defender) - 22 year old Ryan began his career in the youth ranks of Hibs all the way up to Under 20s, before spending a season at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He then joined Peterhead prior to season 2015/16 and in his two seasons there Ryan spent time out on loan with both Linlithgow Rose and Broxburn Athletic, helping the latter to the Fife & Lothians Cup Final last season. Ryan however might be best known for his stunning 35 yard strike for Linlithgow against Wick Academy in the Scottish Cup which was nominated for Goal of the Tournament.Lumbert Kateleza (Striker) – Lumbert has signed from neighbours Arniston Rangers during the close season and is a well-known face to Penicuik supporters, having often been a thorn in our side during our days in the Premier League, and during his time at Edinburgh United. Lumbert won Arniston's Supporters' Player of the Year award last season and has been linked with a move to the Super League for a number of seasons. Has notched four goals in preseason with doubles against Whitehill and LTHV.Craig Reid, defender formerly of SPFL Championship side Livingston. Craig came through the youth ranks at Hibernian, having joined the Easter Road side from Huntersfield BC, before spending the last two years at Livi. Craig has featured in a number of our preseason friendlies, starting against both St Johnstone U20s and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, with a further three sub appearances. Craig is now on loan to Whitehill Welfare until the end of December 2017Goalkeeper Kyle Allison signed from Kelty Hearts. Kyle first broke through at Cowdenbeath in 2007 before moving up north to Inverness Caledonian Thistle for two seasons. He returned to Fife for a year with Dunfermline Athletic before moving into the Juniors with Linlithgow Rose in 2011. A move to Ballingry Rovers followed in 2012 where he spent two seasons. Kelty Hearts were to be Kyle's next club and in his first season at Kelty, he helped the club to win the East Super League title. He establishes himself as one of the top keepers in the region before the combination of injury and the emergence of Kyle Marley saw his game time reduced in last season's title victory for Kelty. Kyle is initially on loan for one month with a view to a permanent move.Fernando Yafa Mendes is a French footballer who can play on either wing, midfield or striker. He has played with Ginásio Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and GDR Canas Senhorim (both in Portugal), FC Oerlikon, FC United Zurich (both in Switzerland), SV-ROT-Weiss-Hadamar (Germany), Aviron Bayonnais, 3 years with FC-Girondins-de Bordeaux, and also CS Villetaneuse, all in France. In 2005 he won the Fouchy Cup, with FC Girondins de Bordeaux and finished 4th in the Bilbao tournament. In 2006-2007, 5th in the Montaigu Tournament and in 2011-2012 won the D’Auvergne Cup.We are delighted to confirm the loan signing of striker Kyle Sampson, from SPFL Championship side Livingston. Kyle signed his first professional contract with Livi back in 2016, having previously spent time in the youth ranks. Kyle became the first player born in the 21st century to play for Livingston when he made his debut against Stranraer in March 2017. He spent the first half of this season on loan at Pumpherston, scoring 8 goals in 13 appearances. Kyle goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s Midlothian Derby at Newtongrange. Striker Wayne McIntosh was signed from our Midlothian neighbours Bonnyrigg Rose ahead of the new season, as Wayne becomes our third new addition of the summer. Wayne has been a prolific goal scorer over the years, often claiming top scorer over the course of a season. In 2006, at the age of 21, Wayne joined Whitehill Welfare for the first time, scoring 35 goals over two seasons, winning the East of Scotland League in his second season at Ferguson Park. He then moved into the Juniors with a spell at Arniston Rangers before enjoying spells at Lothian Thistle and Tynecastle before returning to Whitehill in 2011.Defender Jordan Caddow was signed from our Midlothian neighbours Dalkeith Thistle ahead of season 2018/19, becoming Johnny Harvey’s first signing of the summer. Jordan joined Dalkeith in March after five years in a second spell at Edinburgh City, where he was part of the side that won promotion to the SPFL alongside John MacDonald. He also counts Gala Fairydean Rovers, Whitehill Welfare and Tynecastle amongst his former clubs.
We are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Thomas Cordery, following his departure from East Fife, as revealed by manager Johnny Harvey in his post match interview on Saturday. Thomas joined East Fife in the summer and has previously played as a trialist for ourselves, in a 6-1 win against Fauldhouse United last season.Welcome to Penicuik, Thomas!