Dumbarton new kid Finlay Gray hopes to do his grandfather proud after penning a one-year deal with the club.

The Cardross 20-year-old impressed as a trialist in pre-season, and has wasted no time in making an impact in Sons' Premier Sports Cup campaign.

Gray made his senior debut as a second-half substitute against Stirling Albion on July 9, and came on from the bench for the final half-hour against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday night.

And his impressive start to life as a Dumbarton player hit a new peak on Saturday when he found the net in the 2-0 win over Peterhead at Balmoor Stadium.

Gray came through the ranks at St Mirren before turning out for Broomhill last season – and has revealed how his time at the club came to fruition.

He said: “I knew the manager through someone else and he gave me the opportunity to come in and train with the boys.

“The dressing room has been amazing – they just accept you straight away, and that helps you do better when you’re on trial. It makes you more confident.

“My grandpa used to be a season ticket holder for decades, and when I was younger he used to take me to all the games.

“I’ve still got a scarf at home from when I was a wee guy, so it shows it’s close to home.

“He couldn’t come to the game on Saturday, but I’m sure every other game he’ll be there with his scarf. He’s very opinionated so if you don’t do very well he’ll be sure to tell you!”.

Gray, who replaced David Wilson four minutes from the end of the Stirling match, was named among the substitutes for Wednesday night's tie against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, and replaced Kalvin Orsi after 62 minutes of the home side's 2-0 win.

But even better was to come for the youngster when he opened the scoring midway through the first half of Saturday's victory away to the Blue Toon - after being named in the starting line-up for the first time by boss Stevie Farrell.

Farrell admits Gray has shown the type of effort and commitment he is looking for and sees big things in the future.

He explained: “He’s done well in pre-season. He has shown hunger and desire that he wants to sign with an SPFL club and an opportunity to play at that level.

“I thought on Saturday, the first SPFL game he has ever played, he came on and acquitted himself well.”