Duo win Stirling contracts after pay trials

John Crawley

Crawley was on the books of Motherwell early in his career

Two players who were among 39 each paying £200 for a trial have been successful in winning professional contracts with Stirling Albion.

And goalkeeper Sam Filler and defender John Crawley could make their debuts as Highland League club Deveronvale play in the Ramsdens Cup for the first time.

Leeds-born Filler, 20, is currently a student at Stirling University.

Glasgow-born Crawley, 24, has returned from a football scholarship at the University of Nevada.

Both have previous senior experience.

Crawley was once on the books of Motherwell, while Filler was with Middlesbrough and Bradford City.

The pair impressed Stirling's management team of Jocky Scott and John Blackley as part of the "So You Think You're Good Enough" trial that involved six weeks of intense training and five matches.

Manager Scott told the Second Division club's website: "Both Sam and John have earned their contracts and I'm pleased to have them in the squad for the coming season.

"They are not here to make up the numbers and they know that I expect them to be competing for a starting position every week.

"My thanks go out to everyone that took part in this trial.

"From the first day right through to the final cut against Cliftonville last Saturday everyone who took part showed a commitment to succeed that was admirable."

Crawley and Filler were just two of several players handed contracts this week by the club relegated from Division One and now owned by their fans.

Former Dumbarton midfielder Alan Cook was given a six-month contract, former Stenhousemuir defender Gary Thom agreed a one-year deal, while midfielder Gavin Macpherson signed for two years.

Two former members of Stirling's Under-19 squad, Andy Hunter and Daly McSorley, also signed two-year contracts.