TWO defenders who played amateur football last season are looking forward to sampling the junior scene with Irvine Victoria.

Former Kilwinning Rangers ace David "Harpo" Smith played a few games with Clark Drive last season, while fellow defender Pete Wood was with fellow Ayrshire Amateur Premier League side Dirrans Athletic.

Centre-half Wood (24) said: "I won the double with Dirrans two seasons ago, winning the James Scott Memorial Trophy and the Donsport Trophy. Last season I played nearly every game at Dirrans and I learned a lot from the manager Jason Stewart who gave me a really good grounding in the game. It means a lot to me playing for my local club as I'm from Irvine and always come down to watch the Marymass match. The aim this season is to win every game. It was a gritty performance on Saturday and winning the trophy means a lot to the club."

Right-back Smith (30) won the Ayrshire District League with Buffs and is hoping for more highs at Irvine Vics.

He said: "I was signed for last season at Clark Drive but was working away some of the time so didn't always play. The middle league is a difficult one and it was unfortunate to go down. Hopefully we can get back up. I want to try and keep myself fit and play regularly. Winning every week is a bonus. If I'm enjoying my football then I'm happy."