STEPHEN Swift has officially assumed duties as Cumnock Juniors manager - and he's wasted no time in starting work on shaping his squad for the new campaign.

The club announced this week that their new boss had taken the reins following the conclusion of their West of Scotland Football League (WoSFL) Premier Division season.

They also thanked caretaker boss Paul Burns and his assistant Scott McCulloch, who led the club for their final five matches following the resignation of Murdo MacKinnon in March.

Despite only beginning duties on Monday, May 13, the new Townhead Park boss has been swift in making changes.

Only hours after coming in at the helm the first signing of the Swift era was quickly announced.

The former Broomhill boss has made an early statement of intent with former Partick Thistle defender Darren Brownlie coming in the door.

The 30-year-old arrives in East Ayrshire with plenty of pedigree having played a key role in the Partick Thistle side who came within minutes of making it into the Scottish Premiership, via the play-offs, in 2023.

Brownlie played every minute of the Jags' play-off run before departing for Dundalk last summer.

His spell with the Irish side included a brief Europa Conference League qualifying appearance, though the centre back left the club at the end of January.

He wasn't be the only player coming in the door either, with the capture of defender Sam Ellis from Swift's former club Broomhill announce the following day.

Alongside the exciting signing announcements it was also confirmed that six players will be moving on from the club with the season now complete.

Amongst those leaving Townhead Park will be Scottish Junior Cup final hero Findlay Frye.

The scorer of one of the most historic goals in the Nock's history will be departing for pastures new, alongside Mark McLennan, Greg Ferry, Andy McLaughlin, Callan Veitch and Grant Dickie.

A club spokesperson said: "We would like to thank everyone of you for your time at the Townhead Park and wish you good luck for the future."

Further changes may be coming also, with five players being made available for transfer - Jamie Barclay, Alan Cook, Jared Willet, Sam Jamieson and Robbie Young.

It all comes after Cumnock's campaign ended with back-to-back 5-0 defeats at the hands of Largs Thistle and Glenafton as the team finished in eighth place in the ultra-competitive Premier Division.