Our best birthday wishes go out to player-manager Joe Hamill, who turns 34 today. It's a little over a year since Joe signed, encouraged to join by his former Linlithgow and Bonnyrigg boss Davie McGlynn, and he first donned Hi Hi's colours exactly a year ago as an unused sub at Kennoway Star Hearts on the day we fought back from 3-0 down to earn a point.
It was Joe's wish initially on signing to focus mostly on coaching, however Davie McGlynn's sudden resignation on 20 July resulted in his appointment a couple of days later as player-manager. Things have since then developed more positively than anyone expected, with yesterday's setback at Musselburgh just our fourth defeat in twenty four competitive outings under Joe and Craig Yule's management. As it stands Joe's appeared seventeen times competitively in a Haddington jersey, putting in consistently excellent performances - undoubtedly an asset as a player as well as manager.
We've been fortunate over the years to have had some very good managers at Millfield, most still friends of the club with whom it's always a pleasure to cross paths - Joe carries on that tradition, an absolute gentleman we're very lucky to have in charge of the team.
Ahead of tomorrow's important Premier League match against Musselburgh we've bostered our defensive options, with the completion this afternoon of the loan signing of Penicuik Athletic left back Ryan Baptie, 22. Ryan is expected to feature at Olive Bank, with both Joe Hamill and Pinkie Tufail struggling with knocks.
Signed until 31 March, Ryan was on Hibs' books as a teenager, then signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2014. He moved on a year later to Peterhead, from where he was loaned out to Linlithgow Rose - his main claim to fame, under the management of Davie McGlynn, was a wonder goal scored against Wick Academy in the Scottish Cup. Towards the end of last season he enjoyed another loan spell in West Lothian with Broxburn Athletic, where Frazer Paterson was among his team-mates. On his release from Peterhead last summer Ryan signed for Penicuik, where he worked under another ex Millfield boss in Johnny Harvey - he'd the misfortune to break a leg in his first friendly outing for his new team, but recovered to make his return early in the new year.
We look forward to seeing Ryan in Hi Hi's colours in the weeks ahead, and hope he enjoys his time at Millfield. Our thanks to Penicuik for allowing the deal to happen - all parties should benefit. ... See MoreSee Less