Junior football returns this weekend and Scott Thomson makes his predictions and names his star men for the Lothians teams this term.
• BO’NESS UNITED
Manager: Allan McGonigal
Key Signing: Jordan Cropley. The attacking midfielder, signed from Newtongrange Star, should provide some much-needed creativity in the centre of the park.
Key Departure : Ross Philp. A key player for the BUs in recent times, Philp has re-joined Kelty Hearts. Bo’ness will miss his drive in midfield.
• BONNYRIGG ROSE
Manager: Robbie Horn
Key Signing: Dean Brett. After a full pre-season under his belt, Brett will be a key player for Rose this season. Bonnyrigg are lucky to have him.
Key Departure: Ruaridh Donaldson. The youngster has joined League Two Stenhousemuir and leaves behind a big void at New Dundas Park.
• BROXBURN ATHLETIC
Manager: Max Christie
Key Signing: Jack Beesley. The ex-Spartans stalwart will bring a wealth of experience to the middle of the park.
Key Departure: Darren Cole. The defender, formerly of Rangers and Livingston, has joined Derry City in Ireland.
• LINLITHGOW ROSE
Manager: Mark Bradley
Key Signing: Roddy MacLennan. The little midfielder is one of the best on his day in the Juniors. He will add goals and assists to Rose.
Key Departure: Ross Gray. He was one of Rose’s better players in a forgettable campaign for the club last season.
• NEWTONGRANGE STAR
Manager: Stevie McLeish
Key Signing: Kieron Renton. The experienced goalkeeper is back at New Victoria Park and his vocal presence is needed to organise what was a ropey defence last term.
Key Departure: Lee Currie. The former Berwick Rangers man’s range of passing and free-kick ability will be Bonnyrigg’s gain.
• PENICUIK ATHLETIC
Manager: Johnny Harvey
Key Signing: Lambert Kateleza. The striker joins from Premier League Arniston Rangers where he scored goals for fun.
Key Departure: Ryan Gay. A Penicuik stalwart, the midfielder’s influence will be difficult to replace.