Trio recruited to beef up Vale rearguard

Vale of Leithen manager Chris Anderson has added three new defensive signings ahead of the new season, as he continues to develop the Victoria Park squad for the new campaign in the Lowland League.

Vale of Leithen player-manager Chris Anderson
Vale of Leithen player-manager Chris Anderson

The club tweeted and reported on its website that Ben Brown, Guy Kerr and Jack Blaikie had all signed for next year.

Anderson said: “Ben Brown is a great local player who has played for Peebles Rovers for a number of years as an aggressive defender.

" I have known Guy Kerr since we played together as youths at Dunfermline Athletic and he has played for a number of senior clubs over the years including Berwick, Penicuik, Newtongrange and Tranent.

"Jack is a well known face at the Vale and signs for his third spell at the club. Again, Jack will bring a lot of Lowland league experience to the table.”

The new signings will join a core groups from last year’s side, including goalkeeper Ben McGinley and captain Ger Rossi.

More signings will be announced in due course, reported the Innerleithen club.

Meanwhile, Vale are waiting to hear who their opposition will be in this coming season’s South Challenge Cup.

The draw for the first and second rounds will take place on Friday, June 4. The first two rounds will be regionalised before an 'all in' draw from round three onwards.