New Hurlford United striker John Gemmell says he’s out to conquer the junior game with the Blair Park side.

Gemmell joined the Ford earlier this week after being snubbed by Ladbrokes League Two side Clyde over a promised contract extension.

The 31-year-old frontman signed for the Bully Wee in February, scoring five goals in 14 appearances, however, this good form wasn’t enough to bag him a new deal.

Gemmell admits he’s still unsure of why he didn’t receive an offer to stay at Clyde, but insists he’s now fully focused on helping Hurlford dominate the junior scene.

He said: “I’m delighted to sign for Hurlford, it is a great club with a bright future and I’m over the moon to be a part of that.

“But I have to admit I did want to stay Senior with Clyde but for one reason or another that didn’t happen.

“I was told I was getting a new deal at Clyde but I think Barry Ferguson must have lost my number because he hasn’t returned my calls.

“Obviously what I was told wasn’t true and the new deal I was promised never materialised, which is disappointing as I felt I deserved a new one.

“I was playing ahead of the three other strikers at the club who did get new deals and to be honest, I’m still trying to figure out how they got new contracts and I didn’t.

“But that’s done and dusted, I’m a Hurlford player now and I can’t wait to link up with the boys and start scoring goals for this great club.”

Gemmell added: “I’m not here for a payday like a lot of people online think. I’m here to be successful and to help Hurlford become the No.1 Junior club in Scotland.

“I want to win everything that is on offer with this club, I’m here to win the Junior Cup and I also want to help knock Auchinleck Talbot off their perch.

“People look at Talbot as a team to fear in this league and rightfully so, but I want to change that, I want to make it so that Hurlford are the team everyone fears.

“And, on a personal note, I’m aiming to score 100 junior goals, I scored over 100 goals during my time in the Scottish lower leagues and I want to repeat that feat at Junior level.”

The former Albion Rovers star is set to link up with former strike partner Stewart Kean this season at Hurlford.

The two lined up together at Stenhousemuir and Gemmell is relishing the opportunity to reform their partnerships.

He said: “Me and Stuart played up front together at Stenhousemuir and got on really well.

“We had a very successful year or so together and I can’t wait to link up with him again, we have a really good understanding with each other.

“We have both played at a high level so I think we could be the perfect partnership to lead the line for Hurlford.”

Gemmell isn’t the only new player to join Hurlford’s ranks this week, it was also announced that the club had secured the signatures of former Brechin City caption Craig “Tiger” Molloy as well as highly rated midfielder Ross Brash from Shotts Bon Accord.