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Queens rebuild continues

By Fiona Reid
Queens rebuild continues

QUEEN of the South continue to prepare for next season with four players putting pen-to-paper.

Making a return to Palmerston is local midfielder Josh Todd, who is now in his third spell with the Doonhamers.

RETURN . . . Local attacking midfielder Josh Todd is now in his third Palmerston spell

The 26-year-old first made his Queens debut in 2018 when he joined on a loan deal from St Mirren. He returned the following season on a permanent contract when his performances earned him a move to the Premier League with Dundee.

The move didn’t work out for the attacking midfielder and he moved on to League One Falkirk before he finished last season on loan at Championship rivals Ayr United.

Queens boss Allan Johnston said: “Josh is a player I’ve always admired due to his ability to drive forward. Although he is best known for playing on the left, he can also play centre mid or on the right.

“He loves to run at players which suits the style we like to play. He is a constant threat to teams and will hopefully bring experience to the squad.”

The club also announced central defender Roberto Nditi has joined the club.

CAUGHT THE EYE . . . Roberto Nditi has impressed this year

The 20-year-old has caught the eye of many clubs since he arrived in Scotland, signing for League One Forfar Athletic in February.

Queens also secured the signature of Paul McKay from League One side Airdrieonians.

The 24-year-old, who can play in defence and midfield, was part of the side who just missed out on promotion to the Championship last season.

NEW BOY . . . Paul McKay can play in defence or midfield

McKay has been on the books of Leeds, Cardiff and Morecambe before joining the Diamonds two years ago. Johnston believes both Nditi and McKay have bright futures in the game.

He said: “Roberto is a very exciting player and I am delighted that he has chosen to join us as he had other options. Although he is only 20, he is a real presence on the pitch and I believe he has a big future in the game.

“Paul was one of Airdrie’s top players last season as they pushed for a place in the Championship so we are delighted to have him on board.

“Although predominantly a centre back, he can also play in midfield which gives us other options. At 24 he is a good age and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Returning to Palmerston for another season is attacker Euan East after he signed a one-year extension.

FIST PUMP . . . Euan East, seen here celebrating his first league goal for the club, has signed a one-year contract extension

The 21-year-old made 23 appearances last campaign after his move from Albion Rovers.

The boss added: “I’m pleased to have held onto Euan. He impressed many times last season and deserves a contract extension.

“He is a strong player who works extremely hard on and off the ball. He has the ability to create chances as well as scoring goals.”

The four joined Willie Gibson, Charlie Cowie, Dom McMahon, Calvin McGrory, Niyah Joseph and Kieran McKechnie for Queens’ first pre-season training session yesterday.

One player who won’t be returning to Dumfries is goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson after he signed a deal with Northern Irish side Larne.

Rohan Ferguson

The 23-year-old was a regular in Johnston’s side last campaign.


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