After enjoying a loan spell at Ayr United last term, Scott McLaughlin has returned to Somerset Park and will captain the club for the new season.
The energetic midfielder played a key role in United’s promotion campaign of 2010/11 and has signed on the dotted line for the forthcoming season.
Before heading off to training on Wednesday night, the new skipper said: “I felt coming back to Somerset Park was the right move and as soon as I found out the manager wanted me at Ayr, it was an easy decision to make.
“There is a sense of unfinished business for myself after what happened last season as finishing seventh is nowhere near good enough for a club like Ayr United.”
Following John Robertson’s retirement at the end of last season, McLaughlin will be handed the captain’s armband.
“It means everything to captain Ayr United because it is such a great club.”, he commented.
“It is a great honour and hopefully I can lead the team well.
“Becoming captain doesn’t change anything for me as I am quite vocal anyway and am constantly trying to get the best out of other people.
“I also have a lot of experience and hope I can pass on advice to the younger guys in the dressing room.
“Everyone talks about Robbie Crawford who is a great player but there are other boys who will shine such as Mick Wardrope and Ryan Nisbet.
“Anthony Marenghi has worked on his fitness over the close season and has been really impressive in the opening week of training.”
A new addition to Roberts’ backroom staff has been Andy Millen and McLaughlin was elated to see him join the club.
“I’ve worked with Andy before and he is a massive influence on everyone. He gets the whole place buzzing and you can’t fail to learn from a guy like that.
“He’s only been in for a few sessions and the boys have taken to him right away.
“He’s a guy you need on your side as he was murder to play against because he is a winner.
“He is an inspirational man as he helps get the best out of everyone and it’s great to work with him again.”
By Michael Lamont