THERE won't be many players who can say they made their debut for their new club on the same day they signed, but Reece Willison is one of them.

The 21-year-old spent the 2019-20 season at Airdrieonians and came through the youth ranks at Celtic and St Mirren.

After just one session with the team, Willison signed a deal with Alloa and made his debut in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Greenock Morton.

Boss Peter Grant heaped praise on his team for giving the new keeper a quiet first day at the office.

Grant said: "Apart from the goal, I can't remember Reece having a save to make. I think he'll get more confident as he gets to know the group: he only came in on Thursday night.

"We done very little on Thursday night because there was a few knocks so he didn't really train with the group so the first thing he was doing was turning up on Saturday to play.

"Great credit to the boys, too, for not allowing the opposition to have efforts on goal."

Willison signed for the club after first-choice goalkeeper Neil Parry was injured in last Tuesday's game against Edinburgh City.

Despite Grant's concern that Parry may have damaged his Achilles, the injury is not as bad as first suspected, but he will still be out of action for a few weeks.

Grant added: "That was a major blow for us and a major blow for Neilly, he was never injured before he was out for the period he was last year so he was so looking forward to getting the season started. That was a massive blow for us.

"Great credit to the chairman for getting a scan organised quickly. The good news is it's not going to be a long, drawn-out saga with an operation, but he'll still be out for a few weeks."