The bad news was that Dumbarton got knocked out of the mighty Alba Challenge Cup by local rivals Morton yesterday (Sunday 26 July 2009, if you are reading this from a far planet or the next century). The good news -- much more significant in terms of the season as a whole -- is that Sons have re-signed 22-year-old Hearts' striker Denis McLaughlin for a second loan spell at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium. DFC chief executive Gilbert Lawrie commented: "During the month we hope to conclude a permanent deal." Denis has already been training with us, and played for the Sons in pre-season games as a trialist. As well-sourced media rumours persist that ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant may be lured to Hearts in a director-of-football role (if a large sum of money can be stumped up), it appears that McLaughlin does not feature in Jambo manager Csaba Laszlo's plans. David Witteveen has already arrived from Red Bull Salzburg. No one's crying at Dumbarton, mind.