NEW Dumbarton left-back Liam Dick has thanked previous club Stranraer for offering him his first chance at playing first-team football.

The former Falkirk defender was released by the club back in 2016, making only 15 appearances in his five year spell in and around the first team.

The 22-year-old went on loan at the Stair Park side in November 2015, with then manager Brian Reid signing up the left-back the following summer.

During his time with Stranraer he flourished, and not going unrecognised as he was included in the SPFL League One team of the season last year.

And after signing with the Sons on New Year's Eve until the end of the season, he will always be indebted to the Blues for taking a gamble on him.

He said: “It was a big eye opener for me. It was a move I really needed and looking back I wish I actually could have done it earlier to play first team football.

“I will always be grateful to Stranraer because nobody really knew who I was.

“I hadn’t played enough for anybody to hear about me as a player. I wasn’t a big name compared to a lot of players who had been here and done things in their career.

“I’ll always be grateful to Stranraer for everything they’ve done for me."

Stranraer’s recent financial difficulties have paved the way for the left-back’s sudden move, with the club having to cut down the wage bill drastically within the last few weeks.

Three others had already left when Dick signed for the Sons, including former Dumbarton defender Tom Lang, who moved to Clyde.

And while it’s not the ideal circumstances for a move like this to materialise, the former Bairns player is relishing testing himself in the Championship regularly, after making his debut on Tuesday against Queen of the South.

He added: “It’s a massive opportunity for myself.

“Obviously the things happening at Stranraer are out of the hands of managers and players.

“It’s a horrible thing that’s happening, but I’ve been in a position where something good came along for me and it was a bit of a no brainer.

“In a sense it helps Stranraer get the wage bill down a bit and it was an opportunity for me to play at a higher level and to try and prove myself.”

The financial difficulties is something that’s helped galvanise the club according to the left-back, with everyone trying their best to get through it.

He said: “The boys tried to stay positive and stuck together and everything.

“It’s a credit to everyone, it wasn’t a young changing room either, it was quite experienced and the boys knew they had to stick together.

“The gaffer [Stevie Farrell] said that to everyone, he was very open about it, so I don’t think the mood actually dropped any.

"But it’s not a nice feeling and as time moves on things can change and things can get harder.”