WITH the new East of Scotland Premier League season only three weeks away Hill of Beath Hawthorn have made seven signings to strengthen their squad.

Haws boss, Allan Moody, has brought in four front men to increase the firepower at Keirs Park, plus a centre-back, a central midfield player; and a wide player.

The attackers include Kirkcaldy and Dysart’s John Smith, last season’s East of Scotland First Division top scorer; former Haws striker, Lewis Elder; Newburgh attacker, Ronan Hall; and Crossgates Primrose striker or wide player, Joe Kinninmonth, 23.

Former Dundonald Bluebell wide midfield player, Brodie Gray 27 has been fixed up, as has Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts centre-back Calum Deas, 27; plus experienced central midfielder, Scott Wilson, 29, formerly of St Johnstone and The Spartans.

Moody said this week: “It is good to have been able to conduct this business over the past the past few weeks.

“This has allowed us to strengthen in all areas, and I have to thank the club for backing these moves.”

The manager hopes that the deals will allow Haws to build on a good season last term, when they finished in seventh place in the East of Scotland Premier League table.

“It was a good season in 2023-24, and our aim is to look to build on that when the big kick-off comes on July 27,” he added.

“Calum Deas is a highly experienced player, as are Scott Wilson, Lewis Elder and Brodie Gray, while Joe Kinninmonth, has played a lot of football in the top division.

“John Smith is an exciting striker, and Ronan Hall, at 21, is also a very promising attacker.

“We know that the Premier Division will be highly competitive this coming season, and if we can better last season’s performance it would be a real plus.”

The manager added that to have some good cup runs would also encourage the Haws fans and doing well in the Scottish Cup would be something to aim for.