SAUCHIE has always been a family affair for the Carrolls. Now, Darren is determined to continue that legacy. 

The 27-year-old put pen to paper on a deal to return to the club last week from Pumpherston Juniors as he bids to follow in brother Gary’s footsteps and enjoy success in Clacks. 

The Sauchie lad has enjoyed a close bond with the club for as along as he can remember, spending his teenage years in the Jimmy Millar stand before a brief spell in the first team. 

Time at Crossgates Primrose and most recently Pumphy followed before Fraser Duncan finally got his man after months of courting his signature. 

“I was raised in Sauchie and used to go to their games,” Carroll told Advertiser Sport.

“It’s always been a team I have followed. 

“Gary said it was a good move for me and they were trying to get him as well but he stays in Glasgow. He has been really happy for me and congratulated me.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on the results and it’s a tough league they are in. Playing against better teams always makes it easier to get up for the game.” 

Carroll became Sauchie’s first signing of the break as Duncan and assistant Davie Beaton mould their squad ahead of another Premier Division campaign. 

A host of the existing squad have already committed to the Reds, including Ant McTaggart and Alan Comrie, with Advertiser Sport understanding more will agree new deals soon. 

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser: Davie Beaton (left) and Fraser Duncan Davie Beaton (left) and Fraser Duncan

For Carroll, the move is a chance to show he has matured as a player since his first spell in Clacks. 

He said: “It is good to be back and playing closer to home. I was playing with the under 21s and then moved into the senior team and I would probably say I was just a wee bit too young at the time.

“I’ve known Fras and Davie for years now and they have been wanting me to come back. Hopefully working with them I can get some game time and better myself.”