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Welcome Darren Smith
Edinburgh City are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Darren Smith from East Kilbride.
The experienced forward began his career with Motherwell, making his first team debut at the age of 16. He went on to play nearly 60 times in the Premier division, finding the net for the Steelmen 6 times. After leaving Fir Park in 2010, he had spells with Ross County, Stirling Albion and Stenhousemuir before re-joining the Binos in 2014.
It was during his second stint at Forthbank that he arguably enjoyed the most successful stage of his career to date, scoring 54 goals in 121 appearances, including a four-minute hat trick in a 7-0 win over Montrose in 2016. At the end of season 2017/18 he received recognition for his excellent performances by receiving the PFA Scotland League 2 Play of the Season award.
In May 2019 Darren joined Clyde, spending a season with the Bully Wee in League 1, before joining for Lowland League East Kilbride in the summer of 2020.
As well as a stellar club career, Darren represented Scotland at under 19s, 20s and 21s level.
Manager Gary Naysmith was happy to begin putting his stamp on the squad and he had this to say to ECFC TV on the signing:
“Darren was someone who first caught my eye whilst playing for Stirling Albion against my East Fife side. Since then I have followed his career closely and when I found out that he was available on loan, we moved quickly to try and get a deal done.
He has a lot of experience in league one and league two and he also played at a high level in the early part of his career at Both Motherwell and Ross County.
When we started Talking to Darren, it was clear to see that he was keen to join Edinburgh City and that is always pleasing for a manager to see about any potential signings. Not only will he add pace to our attack, but he will compliment the other strikers that we have at the club and I am looking forward to working with him.”
The new signing spoke to ECFC TV earlier, commenting:
“I am delighted to be joining Edinburgh City on loan. I am grateful for the opportunity and hope I can help the club finish as strongly as possible this season.”
Welcome to Edinburgh City Darren!
Edinburgh City can confirm that Colin Jack has left the club.
Colin came in as coach and assistant to James McDonaugh and the club would like to place on record its thanks to Colin for his hard work and dedication over the last three and a half years.
A popular member of James’s backroom staff, the new Sporting Director paid tribute to his former assistant:
”Colin was a huge help in my reign as manager on and off the pitch and on behalf of the club I’d like to thank him publicly for everything he done for the club, myself and the players. We all wish him good luck for the future.”
Good luck Colin!
Grant Murray Appointed Assistant Manager
The backroom staff continues to take shape with the appointment of massively experienced Grant Murray as assistant manager.
Like new boss Gary Naysmith, Grant’s playing career kicked off at Tynecastle, where he played six seasons for Hearts, notably being part of the matchday squad for their famous Scottish Cup win in 1998.
He left for St Johnstone in 2001, before joining Partick Thistle a year later following the Perth side’s relegation from the Premier division. In three seasons at Firrhill he made over 100 appearences before moving to Kilmarnock in 2006, where he was re-united with his former manager at Hearts, Jim Jefferies.
After a successful period in Ayrshire, Grant moved on to Raith Rovers in Summer 2009, where he notably scored an incredible 30-yard volley in a Fife derby with Dunfermline at East End Park in the August of that year.
It was at Stark’s Park that Grant developed his coaching credentials, including the UEFA Pro License and in July 2012 he became Raith’s player manager. His biggest achievement was winning the Challenge Cup in 2014, when a John Baird goal, three minutes before the end of extra time sealed a famous win over Rangers in front of a packed Easter Road.
After leaving Raith towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign, he joined Hibs, working with their academy and under 20s. Again he achieved significant success, winning both the Development League title and Scottish Youth Cup in 2017/19.
Bringing in Grant is another major coup for the club and manager Gary Naysmith was delighted to continue building his backroom team, as he told ECFC TV:
“I am delighted that we have been able to bring Grant to the club as my new assistant manager. He is someone that I have known for over 25 years after coming through the youth ranks together at Hearts. We were very close during those years at Hearts so much so that Grant is actually my oldest daughter Nicole’s godfather.
After a very good playing Career at clubs such as Hearts, St Johnstone, Partick, Kilmarnock and Raith, “Bert” as he is known in the footballing world, moved into management at Raith Rovers. He spent 3 years in charge at starks park and the highlight was when they beat Rangers in the Scottish Challange Cup Final.
For the last 5 seasons, Bert has been coaching at Hibernian working closely with both the U20s and 1st team squads under managers such as Neil Lennon and Alan Stubbs. I think it is a real feather in the clubs cap that we have been able to bring such a qualified coach to the club and I’d personally like to thank the board for their efforts in bringing both Bert and Eck to the club as part of my backroom staff.”
ECFC TV caught up with Grant who was eager to get started:
“I’m delighted to be on board and looking forward to working with Gary, the staff and the squad. Edinburgh City as a club has an ambition that I would like to be a part of.”
Welcome to Edinburgh City Grant!