Kris Renton glad of summer move to Newtongrange Star

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Newtongrange Star striker Kris Renton believes his new club has all the makings of a side which can make a serious challenge for the Super League title this season.

Summer signing Renton marked his Newtongrange debut on Wednesday night with a double in a 3-0 win away to near neighbours Penicuik Athletic after making the move from Bonnyrigg Rose during the close season.

Scotland junior internationalist Renton felt the switch was needed after admitting he wasn’t enjoying his football at New Dundas Park last term, and he’s already enjoying being part of Alan Miller’s side.

“I was out of contract at Bonnyrigg and I’d just had a horrible season and I needed a change for myself,” said Renton.

“There was no fall out or anything. I left on good terms and I’ve got a lot of time for Max [Christie, Bonnyrigg manager]. I personally needed a change to give myself a fresh start and to get myself fit again.”

Renton is targeting 30 goals this season to match his total at Bonnyrigg the season before last, and ahead of their first home game of the campaign against Lochee United tomorrow he is confident Newtongrange can have a successful season.

He said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to score two on my debut. I struggled last season to score goals so I was a bit worried about that at first. I’ve managed to get two on the first game of the season, so hopefully I can continue.

“Alan [Miller] says I’ve still got 28 to go. The season before last I scored 30, so if I can keep fit that will be my target.

“The team has great potential and we are quietly confident that we will do well – we just have to keep getting victories.”