Queens teen hauls Gretna prizes
QUEENS youngster Dan Carmichael has picked up a haul of silverware from his previous club Gretna REPORTS the Dumfries and Galloway Standard.
The teen striking sensation picked up the East League One Player of the Season Award - the highest accolade awarded to players in the division.
He also scooped the Supporters' Player of the Season Award and the Player of the Season Award at Gretna 2008's annual awards night.
It was a final farewell from the Raydale outfit to their favourite son, who now joins Queens.
And while Carmichael has loved his time with Gretna, he is excited about the prospect of playing at Palmerston.
He said: "I can't wait to be part of Queens.
"They're the club I used to watch when I was a boy, and I played with them when I was younger too.
"They are a great team and hopefully I'll do enough to get into the team."
Carmichael had two fantastic years with the resurrected amateur Gretna side.
In his time there, he has lifted two trophies - the Alex Jack Cup and the Image Printers Trophy.
He was also in the side that finished runner-up in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup after losing to East League champs Spartans.
And Carmichael is hoping he will have many memories to cherish at Palmerston.
He said: "I've had an amazing time with Gretna. We've had some great success in our short time.
"Winning those two trophies were definite highlights, it was just a shame I won't be able to see them get promotion to the top flight [of the East League].
"They're a great bunch of players and I'll be sad to leave them, but this is a great chance for me.
"I am really looking forward to getting into the training with the rest of the team."
Carmichael was snapped up by former Queens boss Gordon Chisholm before jumping ship to join title rivals Dundee.
But although Carmichael doesn't know current boss Kenny Brannigan, he knows enough players from his spell at the club as a kid to feel he will fit in.
"I don't know the manager, but I know the chairman well," he said.
"Davie is a great guy and I'm sure Kenny [Brannigan] is too. I'm just really pleased to get my chance with Queens."
Part of the deal bringing Carmichael to Palmerston included a pre-season friendly between the two clubs.
A date of Monday, July 5, has been set for the clash.
And with Carmichael sitting in the opposition dug-out at Raydale, he knows it will be a strange experience.
But he's excited about taking on his former team.
"They've been promising to give me a kick!" Carmichael joked.
"It'll be strange, but it will be good to line-up against them. I'll certainly be looking to hit the back of the net if I get a game."
Queens' gain is Gretna's loss - and Raydale boss Stuart Rome knows his side will be weaker without their star striker.
"Gretna will never have another Daniel Carmichael. He is an exceptional player and it's been a privilege to have him at the club.
"He is absolutely irreplaceable.
"His ability and workrate is immense but we'll just have to cope without him."
Carmichael was Gretna's top league scorer last season, banging in a dozen goals.