Whitletts Announce Signing of Graeme Barbour

Report by John Dalton

Whitletts Victoria are delighted to announce the signing of striker Graeme Barbour. The 28-year-old put pen to paper to join Vics after he was released by Superleague First Division Troon a few weeks ago and after having various approaches for his services, including from a Premier Division club, Barbour opted for the challenge to help the Ayr club gain promotion to the Championship next season.

Barbour, who started his junior career at Glenafton and who has also played in the top flight with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, Arthurlie and Kilwinning Rangers will team up at Vics with former Buffs team mate Isaac Kerr who joined the Dam Park side in the summer.

“After I left Troon there were a number of clubs made contact and I had plenty of options to weigh up. When Neil Duffy spoke to me I was intrigued with the positive message he sold me about the Club and this was confirmed when I spoke to Isaac and I’m now looking forward to doing my bit to help the Club achieve their ambitions” said Graeme.

Manager Neil Duffy was also delighted to get his man. “Graeme is a player I’ve known for a number of years. He is a talented striker and a proven goal scorer and will compliment the squad we currently have and give us something different.”

Meanwhile Vics were given a double boost with the news that central defender Jordan Mullen has been given the all clear to resume his playing career after a serious injury kept him out of the game for the past year.

The 25-year-old defender damaged his Anterior Cruciate Ligament last November and has worked tirelessly to get back to playing after undergoing an operation last April and now both his Consultant and Physio have given him the all clear to resume his playing career.

And Manager Neil Duffy was delighted with the news that Mullen would soon be fit enough to return to the side as the defender works his way back to match fitness.

“Jordan is not only a tremendous football player but a great character around the Club. He has never wavered in his desire to return to playing. Many lesser characters may have thrown in the towel or at least returned in a lesser state of fitness, but Jordan has shown tremendous dedication to return stronger and fitter than before and he is a shining example to others working their way back from long term injury.”

“He will be like having a new signing and it won’t be long before he’ll be pulling on the red n’ black Vics shirt once again.”

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