Dumbarton boss Jim Duffy has revealed he hopes to add a further four or five new faces to his squad this week before the competitive action kicks-off this weekend.

Ten trialists were named in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Championship side Dundee United with three finding the score sheet.

Rico Quitongo, Joe McKee, Ruaridh Langan, Muhammadu Faal, Mati Zata, Boris Melingui, PJ Crossan and Hashim Bakar all featured alongside another two trialists from Top Level Academy.

And while Duffy knows that he needs names in ahead of Saturday’s Betfred Cup visit to Annan Athletic, he admits that he won’t be making any rash decisions. 

He said: “By the time Annan come up on Saturday we’ll need to have another four or five players on board but that’s another week away so we’ll see if we can be ready for that.

“It’s about getting the balance of the team right and that’s what we’re trying to do. We need options as well because we can’t carry a huge squad so we need one or two players that can perhaps play in one or two positions.

“You might have a better player that only plays one position, but a guy who plays two or three positions might be a better option for me in amongst the rest of the players.

“You’ve got to take a lot into consideration.”

Duffy’s latest signing came on Friday with the arrival of Lewis Crawford from Petershill.

The 19-year-old was previously part of the Dumbarton Youth set up and was an unused substitute on several occasions in the 2016/17 season.

Crawford was invited to train with the first team squad at the beginning of pre-season and managed to secure a one-year-deal. 

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Duffy added: “He’s very fit up and down the pitch and he’ll give us a bit of balance and physicality on that side of the pitch.

“There were just a couple of times, especially when the ball was coming into the box, he’s maybe in a hurry to go and clear it instead of having a wee bit of awareness about him but overall I’ve been absolutely delighted with him and at 19 years of age he’s a boy with good potential.

“He’s been terrific and he’s got real potential and if he learns the game well, he’s got a bright future ahead.”

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