Annan manager Peter Murphy announced he is enjoying the return of football after the last suspension.

All games in the first and second division were suspended due to the pandemic and the fact that part-time players would travel to work and training.

Preparing for the home game against Cowdenbeath, Murphy said, “It’s great to be back. The boys are really buzzing about it right now and can hardly wait.

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“However, I have heard of some clubs that are facing fixtures on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday to catch up, which when you have a small squad will be very difficult indeed.

“They also urge the boys to go from zero to 100 km / h because they haven’t had solid training for months.

“As I said, it’s just great to be back and we used the break to make new faces.”

The club has loaned Rangers keeper Brian Kinnear until the end of the season and also welcomed frontman Tony Wallace back to the gala bench.

Elsewhere, Murphy now has James Tose as the new assistant manager.

He said, “I’ve waited a while to find the right man for the job and James fits the bill. He was with Carlisle United working with the scholarship program on the football development side. He replaces Darren Barr.

“I also managed to sign Tony Wallace who went to Clyde and then played and trained in junior football but with the closure he missed the player side and wanted to go back.

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“It’s great to have him back and he will be great for us.

“We also hired Ross Banks as a sports scientist. He is studying in Glasgow but this gives him experience working with players and we will benefit from his skills.

“It’s just great to have the games back and we don’t play in the middle of winter when the places can be difficult.

“There are clubs that have to deal with all kinds of travel logistics and we will have this midweek trip to Formartine in the Scottish Cup, while Brechin City travels to Stranraer during the week.

“During these tight schedules, all clubs with injuries will come under pressure.”