Beith manager Bryan Young says he is delighted to have kept the core of his side with nine players signing new contracts ahead of next season.

Amongst those are Dale Burgess, Larry McMahon, Del Hepburn, Danny O’Neill, Kevin Watt and Steven Noble, with all of them signing one-year extensions to their current deals.

Three players signed two-year deals including Ally Park, Conner McGlinchey and club captain Paul Frize.

Speaking to the Herald, Young said:“Conner has been at the club for a long time, and it was really important for us to make sure

we were getting him to sign on as

he’s a very talented player.

“Paul is the catalyst of the team … and it is good to keep the nucleus of the team all together.

“He is very ambitious and wants to lift trophies so for him to decide to do it at our club just shows you that we must be going in the right direction.”

All the signings at Bellsdale Park have so far been from current players already at the club with no outside players yet to sign for the Mighty.

Young says the club are looking further afield for players, but current contracts are hindering anyone being announced yet.

He added: “The only problem is at the moment I cannot announce them, as it can’t be official, if I was to announce the signings that I was talking to, it could backfire. But we are looking at new players as you always need to improve the squad and freshen it up to keep everyone on their toes and bring different qualities and strengths.”

There has been no official confirmation yet from the West of Scotland Football League (WoSFL) on the start date of the upcoming season.

Young says he would like a start date soon so they can begin preparation and stop potential injuries.

“We are in April so you are only three months off the league starting back again and that time will fly in.

“They (WoSFL) are going to need to give us a lot of notice because we will need time to prepare as you can’t just go in full intensity training again due to the lay off we have had.”