Likely ­Lowland lads set for new league

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THREE Borders football teams are set for big changes after SFA members unanimously backed plans to introduce a Lowland League.

Vale of Leithen, Gala Fairydean and Selkirk will all know by the end of this week whether their applications to join the new set-up, which is ready to be in place by next season, have been accepted.

At the organisation’s AGM at Hampden Park on Monday, no representatives of Scotland’s 93 member clubs voted against the proposal for the feeder division.

Vale secretary Alex Currie told The Southern: “Things are moving ahead very quickly now and there are some very exciting times ahead for clubs who wish to achieve at the highest levels possible.”

The new league would act as a feeder to the Scottish Football League, with the winners involved in play offs with the Highland League winners, and the successful side then facing the bottom team in the Third Division.

However, it is not yet clear whether promotion will be introduced immediately, with SFL clubs potentially rejecting the move at its AGM this week.

The East of Scotland League is expected to continue independently in a revised format which will include the addition of a Hibernian reserve team who were recently voted in.