Winger Tom Walsh is looking to get his career back on track with Dumbarton after being left in football’s wilderness last season.

The 20-year-old was released by Rangers in January, and looked to sign for a club in the transfer window, but unable to secure a deal anywhere Walsh later moved to Irish side Limerick, but only played a handful of games.

But the former St Mirren loanee was keen to sign with the Sons after speaking to Stevie Aitken, and turned down the opportunity to go on trial with Dunfermline.

He said: “They [Dunfermline] wanted me to go up for a few days. The manager liked me and wanted to have a look at me over a few days, but I decided against it because the manager here at Dumbarton was keen to sign me.

“You could say I sacrificed playing full-time to have a better chance of playing here. I’m at that age now where I need to play.”

“The manager likes me from when I was on loan before. Durranty’s [Ian Durrant, assistant manager] obviously there as well so it makes sense for me to come here and to start playing again.

“I’m looking forward to it. I just want to get back playing and back to enjoying it again, it’s been a tough seven months.”

Walsh was on loan with Stevie Aitken’s side back in 2016, where he made 14 appearances.

He then moved to St Mirren on loan at start of last season, as he looked to push on and try and cement a place in Rangers first team squad.

But after Saints manager Alex Rae was sacked, Jack Ross came in and dropped Walsh from the starting eleven He added: “The manager changed, and that obviously affected me and it was disappointing when that happened.

“But listen that’s football, sometimes you might be liked by one and not by another, that’s the way it goes.

“The way the St Mirren thing went I knew that if I wasn’t playing for St Mirren that I wasn’t going to be playing for Rangers.

“I found it difficult to motivate myself to go in there knowing the fact that I was leaving. I knew I had to move on to progress my career.”

But for Walsh is looking forward to the season ahead with Dumbarton, and is enjoying pre-season so far.

He said: “I’ve been involved from the start of pre-season this year, I know all the coaching staff, I know most of the boys and I feel at home in the dressing room, it’s a good atmosphere.

“The club’s done well over the last few years and hopefully we can push on this year.”