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Former Bonnyton and Dean Thistle player McCloskey goes professional with Stranraer

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Former Dean Thistle and Bonnyton Thistle midfielder Sam McCloskey has signed his first professional contract with Stranraer.

The 20-year-old signed amateur forms for Stranraer last season, and spent the season on loan at Kilbirnie Ladeside, but will step up to the first-team squad next season. 

McCloskey spent five years playing for Dean Thistle, before moving on to pro-youth football at St Mirren, and then Celtic. He returned to boys club football with Bellfield Royals before being part of Bonnyton's successful 2012-13 campaign.

"When I came into the club I knew of Sam but wanted to see him for myself in pre-season training before making any decision but he has earned his contract, showning a tremendous attitude and determination to secure a deal with the club and I have no doubt that he will show the willingness and effort to push on in the game," manager Brian Reid said in a statement.

McCloskey was named as man of the match in the 2013 SYFA Cup final, scoring two goals for Bonnyton in a 4-0 victory. That was for the under-19s, on just his 17th birthday. 

His talent was spotted by Stranraer and McCloskey will be looking forward to adding to his two substitute appearances for the SPFL League One club next season.

Bonnyton Thistle has previously produced ex-Stranraer players Neil McGowan and John Robertson.  

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