Longstaff joins Championship journey

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Manager Jim McIntyre has made his third signing of the transfer window, landing former Liverpool midfielder Luis Longstaff on a one-year deal.

The twenty-one year old left Anfield in the summer having played once for the Reds’ first team, in an EFL cup-tie against Aston Villa in December 2019.

Earlier that year Luis was part of the Liverpool team which won the FA Youth Cup, edging out Manchester City in a penalty shoot-out.

The midfielder will be well known to Cove Rangers fans having been on loan at Queen’s Park last season, where he made thirty-one appearances and netted four goals. He featured in three of the games against us.

Luis says he’s delighted to be joining the club on its Championship adventure:

“It feels great to be here – I’m pleased to have got it over the line. Now I’m looking forward to getting started with the team, meeting the boys in training, and getting out on the pitch playing games again.”

“Having won League One last year, the ambition of the club is there for everyone to see. They have big aspirations to become a full-time club, and they want to continue to push up the leagues.

“I spoke to the manager, and he made it clear they don’t want to just stay in the Championship, they want to keep pushing on and hopefully fight for promotion.

“The ambition the club shows is what pulled me here; I want to be a part of it.

“When I was at Queen’s Park, it was always a tough game against Cove, especially at Balmoral Stadium. It was probably the toughest place to come. I wanted to join a club that plays good football, and after being on the opposing side to that last year, it definitely motivated me to come here.

“I can play pretty much anywhere across the front three – predominantly I like to play on the right as I am left footed – I like to get on the ball and run at defenders, and cut in when I can to have a shot at goal. I’d say I’m quite creative too.

“I just want to get out there and play now, and show the team and the fans what I can do, and hopefully we can get a good result at the weekend!”

Jim McIntyre sees the midfielder as a quality addition to his squad:

“Luis is a left-sided player who is also excellent coming in off the right. He’s very direct, he can go by a man, and he gives us natural width.

“I like how he holds his position; he stretches the opposition and makes the pitch wide, and he definitely offers us something we’ve been looking for.”

Luis will wear shirt number seventeen this season, and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Greenock to take on Morton in our second Championship fixture of the season.

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