Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

SONS 24: KYLE STILL HAS HIGH HOPES

Thursday 3rd August 2017

KYLE HUTTON isn't one for giving things up.

Just after his 20th birthday in 2011, he picked up a Scottish League Cup winner's medal after an Old Firm final won by Rangers.

Four years later, having broken his leg in 2013, he was released by the Ibrox club, and has been playing in the Championship and League One since.

But now 26, he's not giving up on his ambitions of returning to the top flight.

And he reckons that Dumbarton is the right club to help him reach it.

Signed from St Mirren late last month, he has real determination to make a success of his career.

Things didn't work out for him in Paisley, resulting in a loan to League One Airdrie, but his move to Sons is a fresh start.

He told www.dumbartonfootballclub.com: "It always has to be your ambition to play at as high a level as you can.

"Five or six players who were at Dumbarton last season earned themselves full-time moves, and I still want to get back into that arena.

"There were no opportunities for me to do so during the close season. Clubs had spent their budgets and there was just nothing left.

"But as soon as Stevie Aitken phoned me, I was delighted. From here, it's all about enjoying football again and putting in good performances.

"I've settled in easily - all the boys are brand new. They're all close together and it's a good dressing room.

"If you have that, you've always got a good chance."

Like many of his new team-mates, Kyle has ambitions to help the club better itself from last year.

He knows the challenge that lies ahead, but can't wait to get started. However, he will have to wait to do that in the Championship, as he is suspended for the first two games against Morton and Falkirk.

He added: "The goal, firstly, is to stay in the league - but it's always important to do better than the year before and keep momentum going.

"You always have to aim higher and that's what I will look to help the team do.

"Having Ian Durrant, who I know from my time at Rangers, at the club made me feel more comfortable going to a new team.

"But it's the opportunity to get back playing that I'm looking forward to. My career has been a bit stop-start and last season at St Mirren didn't work out for me or the club.

"It's all about me playing games, and I'm sure I can get the opportunities here at Dumbarton."

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Andy Galloway