There's no grass growing under the feet of Sons boss Jim Chapman. Ten out, one retained (player of the year Mark Canning) two contracts offered (to Andy Geggan and Mick O'Byrne, who will hopefully say 'yes') and now a very solid looking defender coming in to Dumbarton from the Second Division. Mick Dunlop is joining Sons from Queens Park, the club he signed for from Ayr United in August 2005. A left-sided defender, Dunlop, says Queens' website,"quickly established himself as a cult hero with the QP faithful. A totally committed tackler, Mick has stood out in a very impressive Spiders' defence wherever he has been asked to play."
At 26, Dunlop has made 28 appearances this season, had a good number of assists (including free-kicks) and claimed a goal against Hibs in the CIS Insurance Cup - as per the video clip above. Looks promising. Chapman declared: "Michael was one of our very first targets and it's great to have him on board. We are building a team for the long term and others will follow." That will certainly need to include an effective strike force.