IRVINE Meadow co-manager Colin Spence says he is “delighted” that Graham Boyd has re-signed for the club after almost two years out with injury.

Fans favourite Boyd suffered a serious knee injury in September 2018 which saw him sidelined for the remainder of the 2018/19 and the entirety of the 2019/20 season.

Spence and fellow co-manager James Latta played alongside Boyd during their playing days at Meadow Park before taking over the reins at the club earlier this year.

Spence said: “We kept in touch with Graham over the past few months since we got the job and he told us in April that he was starting to become pain-free so he has done a lot of hard work and I am so pleased for him that he is back.

“I was a teammate of his for a couple of years and I have seen the pain he went through. He still turned up every Saturday to support the boys while he was injured so I am delighted for him. He will be a massive player for us and he gives us so many options.

“He is so committed and is desperate to get back playing and make-up for lost time.”

On signing, Boyd, said: “I have waited and worked long and hard to get to this point. I am buzzing to get signed up again for this great club. I certainly won’t take football for granted again and can’t wait to get back out on the pitch.”

Boyd is one of several signings that Spence and Latta have made.

New recruits include defender Martin Findlay, midfielder Jamie Henderson, midfielder Jamie Martin, winger Ryan McKie, striker Dylan Pooler and forward Michael Reilly.

Spence said: “The first plan was to keep the majority of the squad that has done so well and we managed to do that . After that we felt we had to bulk up the squad so we have been busy recruiting. We are pleased with the work we have done so far.

“A big squad is key because we don’t know what will happen with the new West of Scotland Football League. There could be a lot of games to be squeezed in. We want to have plenty of options. Hopefully there will be a couple more additions.