DUMBARTON’S squad was strengthened this week with the signings of striker Kevin Cawley and midfielder Darren Miller — youngsters Mikey Hopkins and Donald McCallum signed deals to stay at the club as did captain Andy Graham.

Cawley arrives from Alloa where he spent four seasons, he scored five goals in 47 appearances last season.

He told the club’s official website: “I was four years at Alloa and I loved my time there.

“But I needed a new challenge and I think I’ll be able to help Dumbarton push on, so when I knew that the gaffer was interested in signing me, I was happy to come to the Sons.

“I set myself targets and I’d like to score goals at Dumbarton plus help the club finish higher than we did last season.

“Being involved in the relegation play-offs whilst exciting is something we want to avoid.

“Players always want to take on new challenges and at Dumbarton I think I’ll get that extra motivation.

“I know the gaffer from my time at Ayr when I was loaned to Stranraer and the boss has done well. I’m going to learn a lot in the season ahead.” Darren Miller will be making a big jump after plying his trade two tiers below the SPFL Championship last year with Queen’s Park. However the 22-year-old is insists he is ready for the challenge.

He said: “Coming from league two to the second tier seems like a massive step, but I’m confident in my own ability and I can’t wait to get stuck in.” “The club have made me very welcome and I get a sense of family around the place which is a good atmosphere to have.”