IRVINE MEADOW’S season only concluded in mid-May, though the club have not been hanging around in the off season as they have put a number of plans in place as they prepare for next season.

Pre-season matches are due to take place little over a month from their last competitive fixture, and they have already announced their first signings ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

The first new face announced by the Meadow Park side was young attacker Ross Smith, who joins having had spells previously with both Kilmarnock and Stranraer.

Ross said: “I’m excited to get started and to get playing again. I’ve had positive talks with the coaches and I’m buzzing to get started.”

While on the same day, the club, who are currently celebrating their 125th anniversary, also announced the signing of experienced full back Paul Byrne.

The 30-year-old has had stints previously at this level with Clydebank, Hurlford and Pollok, as well as time with Bathgate FC and senior side Cowdenbeath.

Medda fan’s also know when they will first get to see their new signings in action, with the club confirming their pre-season schedule to begin next month.

They first return to action with a Friday night fixture in Irvine, as League Two side Stranraer travel to Medda Park for a 7.30pm kick off.

Colin Spence and James Latta’s side are at home once more for another midweek friendly four days later, with Lowland League club Caledonian Braves making the journey to Irvine for a 7.30pm kick off on July 5.

Next up is the ‘Eglinton Cup’ versus Kilwinning Rangers, with the match at Kilwinning Sports Club taking place on Tuesday July 12 at 7.30pm.

They then have a pre-season tournament to look forward to. The Medda will take part in Kilbirnie’s James Glen tournament at Valefield Park.

They will compete alongside Ladeside, Morton and Dalry in the two day knockout tournament on July 16 and 17, with fixture details released a week before the competition.

Their schedule concludes with a home fixture against Dumbarton, to take place at 2pm on Saturday July 23.