Darren Petrie is looking to literally get off to a flying start after joining Dumbarton on loan.

The Dundee United kid signed up to the Sons cause on Wednesday in a deal that will keep him at the Rock until the end of the season.

Having only played once in tangerine, the midfielder racked up 24 appearances last season while on loan at Brechin City.

It is a run of first-team football that Petrie is looking to enjoy again at Dumbarton, with the 19-year-old eyeing a spot in Ian Murray's starting eleven.

He said: "I played at Brechin last season and I enjoyed being part of the side that started. At Dumbarton I hope to be involved regularly, and the opportunity will be there to play in a competitive division at a good level.

"When I was made aware of Dumbarton's interest, it wasn't a difficult decision to make to join."

Petrie, who could make his Sons debut tomorrow as Murray's men travel to promotion play-off chasing Falkirk, added: "I'm happy getting a game and I'll do my very best wherever I'm asked to do a job."

Meanwhile, Queen's Park new boy Ryan Hynes is looking to build on a debut to remember away to League Two promotion rivals Albion Rovers.

The former Drumchapel Amatuers forward made his debut at Hampden two weeks ago for the Spiders, and he is relishing the opportunity of plying his trade with QP after penning a deal until the end of the season.

He said: "Gus [MacPherson] has been different class, absolutely brilliant since I came through the door. Obviously last weekend was my first game at Hampden, but I loved every second of it.

"You're sitting there thinking of all the famous players who have probably sat in the exact same spot as you.

"But you've got to enjoy it while it lasts as not everyone gets the chance to play at Hampden every week. Some guys dream of playing there just once, never mind every weekend.

"I'm delighted and can't wait to get going."