In the second of our new feature “Meet the Player” we caught up with Darren Gray sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone. Darren re-signed for the Jaggies in August of this year in what has been his 3rd signing for Scone. As a youth player, Darren started his footballing career with St Johnstone before moving on to Cowdenbeath where he was temporarily transferred to Scone in 2008/09 before a second spell at the Club in 2010/11. Since then Darren has played for a number of Clubs including, Jeanfield Swifts, Luncarty & Kinnoull.
Q: Since coming into the team you have made a massive impact and appear to be enjoying yourself how are you settling in?
A: I’m absolutely loving it, it’s the most I have enjoyed my football in years. All the boys are brilliant as are the manager, coaching staff and committee.
Q: You were last at the club back in 2010 how are things different this time round?
A: Derek Adam has finally hung up his boots! A lot has been done since the last time I was here and the boys have everything we could want. A lot of work has also gone into the changing rooms which are fantastic and appreciated by all the team!
Q: You have contributed this season with a number of goals, is there one that you have particularly enjoyed?
A: I’ve scored a few but the kinnoull one was maybe the most important. It got us the 3 points which was the main thing and it’s always nice to score against your old team.
Q: How has training being going?
A: Training is really good, the gaffer always has good drills and works on different things. All the boys give 100% so there is always a good standard. Eric is also there to help boys with injuries which all the boys are grateful for.
Q: Who’s the hardest trainer?
A: Craig Mitchell always works hard takes the warm ups and sets the tone for training. Martin Strachan has worked hard on his shooting the last few months he sometimes hits the target now!
Q: Who’s in charge of the match day tunes?
A: Sean “Yeti” Whitworth is in charge of the tunes although some of his choices are questionable.
Q: I asked Martin this, as an association, we’ve seen the Juniors re-structure the Leagues with Scone now playing in a 12 team League which so far is looking like it could have a close & exciting second half to come. How are you finding the new League set up?
A: I don’t really think about the structure I’m just glad to be playing football. Hopefully if we all keep working hard we will have a chance of going up as we know we can compete in the higher league but this is a very tough league to get out of.
Q: Which team do you support?
A: I’m a Rangers fan so I’m very happy this weekend. I also want Saints to do well as they’re the local team.
Q: Who’s your favourite all time player?
A: Messi, I love watching the way he plays.
Q: The Club are always grateful for all of the support received from local businesses & sponsors, do you have a message for your sponsor G & J Glaziers, Scone?
A: I would just like to thank my sponsor and everyone for their continued support and hopefully I can score more goals and help us win even more games in the New Year as we look to kick on!
Many thanks to Darren for taking the time to speak to us and we look forward to meeting some more of the players over the rest of the season. Everyone at the Club would like to wish all a Happy New Year and a reminder that our first game of 2019 will be on 5th January when we welcome Dundee North End to Farquharson Park for a 1:45pm kick off.