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Bruno Le Ber became the latest player to leave New Home Park this close season when he completed a £272,000 move to Spanish Liga VII side GUARANIES this evening.

Of Bruno’s departure, Arjen said, “He’s not had as much first team action as I’m sure he would have hoped, and we all felt that Bruno’s opportunities were unlikely to improve in the foreseeable future”.

“With this in mind, we thought it would not be beneficial to either Bruno or the club, so regrettably we decided that Bruno would be better continuing his career at another club.”

He added, “Bruno’s a really good lad and I feel sorry that things have not worked out for him here, however I’m sure he will be a fine acquisition for his new club”.

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In the draw for the Scottish Cup First Round this lunchtime, Brook Street were paired with cambuslang rangers. The tie will be played in South Lanarkshire next Wednesday with a 1030 kick-off.

Their stadium however only has a capacity of 12,000 so the match is all-ticket. Brook Street are to receive 7,800 briefs, and these will go on sale at 1000 tomorrow from the ticket office at New Home Park.

New signing Andy Harte wins a challenge against Sungai Pua FC this morning.

The club rounded off our most successful season ever with a 3-1 win over Sungai Pua FC at a rain-lashed New Home Park this morning.

Paul O’Healihy had given Brook Street the lead from the spot in the twenty-seventh minute. Sungai Pau equalised just after the break, again from the spot, through Efrain Kunzmann but Yann Schories fired us back into the lead straight from the kick-off.

The flow of the game was then broken by substitutions, but in the sixty-seventh minute, Andy Harte, making his debut for the club, increased the lead following a fine run.

Arjen was pleased with the performance saying, “We played well, and got a very good win”. He continued, “The conditions could have ruined the game, but on the contrary, I think the players served up a highly entertaining match”.

New signing Andy Harte said, “It was good to be back playing in Scotland again. I’ve enjoyed my time in Italy and Albania, but it’s great to be home again”.

He continued, “I only met up with the lads for the first time this morning, so it was great to be in the starting line-up, and although I don’t feel I played anywhere near my best, getting on the scoresheet was a real bonus”.

Andy added, “Brook Street have done remarkably well to have finished runners-up on their first season back in Division III, and I’m sure that the camaraderie amongst the players was a big factor in that”.

“It seems like once players come to this club, they stay for a long time. That speaks volumes for the club, and I’m certainly looking forward to having a long career here!”

In a surprise move, Brook Street have signed Scottish defensive midfielder Andy Harte from Albanian Second Division side Louis Saranda. The 23-year old from Livingston joins us for just under £1.5 million.

“Andy will provide us with options we don’t have at present and can play in either midfield or defence”, said Arjen. He continued, “Players from Scotland like Andy haven’t been available to us in the past, so to secure his services is a coup for the club.

Fraser Carragher and Eldvinas Šumlinskas show off our new kits.

Our new playing kit was unveiled at New Home Park today and they were modelled for the press by recent Academy graduate Fraser Carragher and veteran Eldvinas Šumlinskas.

Once again, they are manufactured by Nike and feature our sponsors, Bosch. Although they are not too different from our previous kit, their appearance is more traditional and we are sure this will probe to be popular amongst our fans.

For those wishing to buy replica kits, the home, away and keeper’s kits will all go on sale at the club shop from tomorrow morning, and the first public outing for the new kit will be Wednesday’s friendly match against Sungai Pua FC.

Brook Street parted company with Andy Hautala this afternoon as a £266,000 deal was concluded with Romanian Liga VI side FC CADDY for the striker’s services.

“It looked as if he was heading for Italy, but the Romanians came in at the last minute”, said Arjen as the deal was signed. He continued, “The transfer fee will certainly keep the accountants happy as remarkably we’ve recouped half the fee we paid for him as a teenager. That’s truly remarkable given that he’s now approaching thirty-one”.

The coach has already said that he is unlikely to be rushing to spend the windfall and reiterated that this afternoon.

“If anything, I’d be looking to reduce the size of the senior squad as we’ve got some very promising players coming through from the Academy now. It’s good to have the funds available, but it’s certainly not burning a hole in my pocket!”

Turning to Andy’s exit, he said, “Andy has been an outstanding player for this club with a phenomenal strike-rate. I think I can speak for everyone at the club when I wish him the very best of luck for the future with his new club”.

Brook Street will welcome Sungai Pua FC to New Home Park next week for a return match after the Indonesian side accepted our invitation this afternoon.

The match will be played next Wednesday with kick-off at 1030 BST.

Andy Hautala runs to celebrate opening the scoring in our 2-2 draw with Carbrain last season.

Hot on the heels of Kyle Fair’s decision to retire comes news that the club’s record goalscorer Andy Hautala has decided to move on.

While Andy’s decision came as a surprise, it wasn’t altogether unexpected as Arjen Bogaert commented after the news was released.

“Andy came to me last weekend to say he felt it was time to move on”. He continued, “This is completely understandable as, given the stage he is at in his career, he needs first team football. I can’t promise him that, so I reluctantly agreed to his transfer request”.

Since joining the club from English side bideford fc in September 2009, Andy has scored an amazing 112 goals in 156 first team competitive games.

“I’ve had a fantastic time here”, said Andy, “but I’m now slipping down the pecking order for starting places and chances for me playing first-team games are now likely to be extremely limited”.

He continued, “I think I would benefit from a fresh start, and the gaffer has been fully supportive. It will be a real wrench to move on, but Brook Street will always be special to me”.

Kyle Fair

The club announced this morning that veteran midfielder Kyle Fair has decided to hang up his boots, ending a sixteen season career with Brook Street.

“It was the hardest decision of my life having been here my entire playing career, but it’s one I knew I would have to make sooner or later”, said Kyle at this morning’s press conference.

Speaking of how he had made the decision, he said, “A combination of factors came together to help me arrive at it. I think that the injury I picked up towards the end of the season finally made my mind up to be honest. I’ve been taking longer and longer to heal, which I guess is only natural, and I knew I’d probably struggle to shake it off before pre-season”.

He then joked, “I’ve also been struggling to keep up in games as some of the more observant of you will have no doubt noticed!”

When asked about Kyle’s retirement, Arjen said, “Kyle’s been an inspirational player for us and there’s no doubt he will be missed in the dressing room. I didn’t realise he’d been here his entire career until just a couple of weeks ago, which these days is a truly remarkable achievement”.

He continued, “I knew Kyle was thinking about retiring, but it was still a surprise when it happened. I’ll be strange not to see him on the pitch again”.

Chairman, Louie Scott then paid tribute to him saying, “Kyle has been a model professional and as Arjen has already said, his presence in the dressing room will no doubt be sorely missed. To have stayed with the club since he graduated from the youth setup just shows how committed he is to the club”.

“Although he is retiring from playing, I am delighted to announce that Kyle will not be leaving the club and has agreed to take up a position as the club’s Press Relations Manager”.

The chairman then said, “As a young player, Kyle was level-headed enough to continue is university media degree in his spare time, and it can’t be seen as purely coincidence that over the past sixteen seasons Kyle has always been the first player to make himself available for interviews”.

He concluded, “He knows the club inside out and knows how the modern media works. In our opinion there could be no-one better to fill the post that Kyle”.

Kyle is heading off on holiday but will take up his new post when he returns a week on Monday.

The reserves lost out by the odd goal in three against Cairo FC in the Egyptian capital this evening. Both the home side’s goals came in the first half and although Oleg Zhigalov pulled a goal back, we weren’t able to hit an equaliser.

“We were probably fortunate to only lose by a goal”, was Arjen’s assessment at full-time. He continued, “I think the scoreline possibly flatters us, but I can’t fault the lads for effort”.

He added, “Keiron [MacElhone] came on to make his debut after stepping up and acquitted himself well, and by the end of the match, all of our recent Academy graduates were on the field”.

“They will continue to improve, and I am certain exciting times lay ahead for this club”.

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