Stuart Balmer

Last updated : 11 July 2005 By K38jfb

Clyde defender Stuart Balmer has signed for Accies. He will recommence his role as Billy Reid's assistant. Balmer started his career as an apprentice at Celtic, before moving onto Charlton Athletic in August 1990 for a fee of £120,000. He had a successful eight years at Charlton, making 264 appearances and scoring 8 goals, and helped them win promotion to the Premiership. Stuart didn't get the chance of playing in the top flight, as by the time the new season started, he already had moved to Wigan Athletic for £200,000. He spent three years at the Latics and won the LDV Vans Trophy at Wembley, before his career took a downturn and he was transferred to Oldham Athletic.

In two years at Oldham, he rarely featured and was loaned out to Scunthorpe and Boston United to get some regular action. His career got back on track, as at Boston he impressed, and the club decided to offer him a permanent deal. He remained in Lincolnshire until he was released at the end of the 2003/04 season, before moving back to Scotland as player and assistant manager with Clyde. Injuries have prevented Stuart from playing as much as he would like to, but he has been a valuable addition to the side that finished joint second in the league last season.