Caledonian Braves are delighted to announce the signing of Liam Craig from Dalbeattie Star. Craig arrives as we approach the business-end of the season and enters the squad for Saturday’s important Lowland League fixture away to Spartans.
The 24-year-old winger, who has scored four goals in 19 Lowland League appearances so far this season, will provide quality and depth to the Braves squad. Manager Ricky Waddell understands Craig’s pedigree and highlighted the value his arrival will bring to the team.
“Liam is a player I’ve known for a while after spells with Gartcairn and Dalbeattie. He comes into the squad with a good scoring record from all the clubs he’s been at.”
Having been on the opposing side to Braves on numerous occasions, Craig is well aware of the club and is relishing the opportunity to make his Braves debut:
“Once I heard the Braves were interested it was a no brainer for me it’s where I wanted to go. Having played against them a few times over the years I’ve always liked how they the play, move the ball around and the set up. So, I’m delighted I’m here and ready to get started.”
The goals have been flowing this season for Braves with 64 league goals thus far, making us the 3rd highest scorers in the Lowland League, behind only Celtic B and Rangers B. Craig will add further firepower to a thriving Braves’ frontline.
“He will add a different dimension to the strikers we have and can play through the middle or on either flank. He has power and pace and will give more strength in depth to the squad,” Waddell said following the signing.
Craig also alluded to the key role the coaching staff had in convincing him to join the club. “Both Ricky and Davie (Winters) were both very influential after having a good few chats with them hearing what they want and expect from me moving forward. I was eager to sign as I feel it’s a good fit for myself and a step in the right direction going forward.”
Braves currently sit in 10th place in the Lowland League just behind the pack of teams clustered at the top end of the table. We also begin our campaigns in the Southern Counties Challenge Cup and South Challenge Cup, against Mid Annandale and Bo’ness United respectively, in the coming weeks as we look to secure silverware.
“I want to help the team as much as I can in terms of goals and assists so we can finish as high in the table as possible. Hopefully progressing in the cup competitions and finishing the season off with silverware would be good for the club and the boys,” Craig added when speaking about his ambitions for the rest of the season.
Everyone at Caledonian Braves would like to warmly welcome Liam to the club and wish him all the best during his time at Braves!