COWDEN boss Gary Bollan is looking to add at least two more players to his squad before the Cinch League 2 programme kicks off on July 31 with the local derby against Kelty Hearts.

The manager says that the maxim this season will be quality and not quantity in terms of the Blue Brazil unit for this campaign.

For the Premier Sports Cup competition he has goalkeeper Cammy Gill, striker Liam Buchanan and utility man Craig Thomson aboard, but he feels that he needs a few more before the league programme begins.

“I feel that in Cammy, Liam and Craig we have brought quality to the club but our aim is to mount a campaign which will see the club contesting at the top end of the table and I feel we need another couple of players of the same ability to add to our resources,” he said.

“I want winners in our squad and I have my eye on a couple of players who I feel can add to our strengths.”

Bollan was happy with the way the team tackled the opening pre-season friendly against Dundee United last Wednesday.

The game ended up square at 1-1, with the Premiership club using all their first team players during the match.

“It was a pretty decent performance from the lads against United, who used a new team in each half,” said the Cowden boss.

“United enjoyed a lot of possession, but we worked really hard and competed well for the entire game.

“We had spells where we created some good chances, so all in all it was a very worthwhile experience.”

Bollan was delighted to see long time injury victim, left back Ross Clarke, come on late in the game after being out of action since November with a double ankle break.

“It was really good to see Ross back fit and when he came on he looked assured,” said the manager.

“We will be looking to build up his match fitness in the coming weeks, and his confidence levels, for he will be a very big player for us this season.”

The boss also reported that former Cowden ‘keeper Dave McGurn would be returning to Central Park as goalkeeping coach for the coming season.

Having played for the Blues for three seasons, McGurn returned to Raith Rovers as a coach but he will be back at Central Park to train Cammy Gill and another young ‘keeper set to be signed by Bollan for the start of the league season.