The shotstopper from the Vale first joined his local club in 2001 under manager Tom Carson, making almost 200 appearances before returning to full time football with spells at Queen of the South and Ayr.

Grindlay returned to the Rock after two years and this season will mark his 10th campaign with the club, looking ahead to the milestone, he said: “Being a local boy I am happy that I have had the chance to play for Dumbarton and that the club have looked after me so well.

“I have been privileged to get the chance at Dumbarton and I am delighted to sign with the club for another season.

“This will be my 10th season with the club — it is a really big season both for the club and myself and the club have been great with me and are happy to give me a testimonial.” The prospect of a testimonial is something Grindlay is looking forward to, after experiencing Craig Brittain’s celebrations in 2006.

Grindlay continued: “It is great that the club are going to give me a testimonial — I was lucky to be here when Craigy (Craig Brittian) got his testimonial but I know how much hard work went into arranging that so I know it will take a lot of effort.

“We will need to look to get a testimonial committee together and fingers crossed we can get a game and a few events arranged.

“Craigy had a golf day and a dinner as well as his match against Rangers. I’m really into my golf so it would be good to do something similar and maybe a bowls day too.

“It will be a good chance to get the players and the fans together for a day that everyone can enjoy.” However, before Grindlay can start celebrating his testimonial he is all too aware of the challenges that lie ahead in the coming season.

The 32-year-old had originally fought off competition from Jamie Ewings to play 27 matches and establish himself as Ian Murray’s number one in the club’s first season back in the First Division, however, last season he was reduced to just 11 appearances due to the form of Ewings and he said: “Last year I didn’t play as much as I wanted but Jazza (Jamie Ewings) came in and did really well.

“Next season there will be the same kind of competition between us which is good and Josh is another year older and then I don’t know if the manager has plans to bring in anyone else.

“Me and Jazza have both been at the club for a while, we are really good f for a place in the team is good for us and good for the team.

“As will as being a big season for me it is a massive season for the whole club with the likes of Rangers, Hibs and Hearts in the league and the whole squad are looking forward to it.” With the experience Grindlay has gained during his time at the Rock, he and Ewings have taken young goalkeeper Josh Ewings under this wing and Grindlay believes the youngster has what it takes to make the step up, he explained: “Josh is improving which is great to see and it is important for him but also important for the club as it is good to see young players coming through.

“It is part of mine and Jazza’s role, as well as the goalkeeping coach and the gaffer, to help try and bring Josh on.

He listens well and takes on board all the advice he is given — he really has a good chance of making it.”