Olywhites defender joins Scottish League One club Dumbarton

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Olywhites defender George Stanger (21) has joined Scottish League One club Dumbarton on loan for the rest of the season.

Dumbarton become the sixth Scottish club to add the New Zealand U-20 and U-23 international to their squads in a four-year professional career.

Stanger is the son of former Scotland rugby winger Tony Stanger but qualifies to play for New Zealand through his Auckland-born mother, Bid.

He began his football career with Hamilton Academical in 2018 and has since had loan spells with Stirling Albion, East Kilbridge and Forfar Athletic before joining University of Sterling last year.

UoS have agreed to loan him to Dumbarton for the rest of the 2022 Scottish season.

Stanger played for the Olywhites at the Tokyo Olympics last year when the side were knocked out at the quarter finals stage, after a penalty shootout with Japan.

Dumbarton manager Stevie Farrell said: “George is only 21 and has a lot of time on his side to progress further in the game.

“We’re delighted to have him on board and he gives us another option in defence as we enter the business end of the season.”

More about Dumbarton

Dumbarton is Scotland’s fourth-oldest football club, founded in 1872, just after Queen’s Park (1867), Kilmarnock (1869) and Stranraer (1870).

The club twice won the Scottish League in its first two seasons, in the 19th century, but last played in the top tier of Scottish football in 1985.

Dumbarton have the distinction of being the only existing Scottish League champion to have not competed in the current Scottish Premiership.