In the first of a new feature we thought that we would introduce the players to enable us to find out some more about them. First up is Martin Strachan who having scored a brace at the weekend & picked up the Man of the Match, Jaggy News caught up with him to get his thoughts, hopes & ambitions for himself & the Club. Martin re-joined the Jaggies from Tayport in February 2018, having started his career at Dundee FC before spells at Forfar FC, Brechin Vics and Dundee North End.
Meet the player: Martin Strachan
Sponsored by: Strachan Sheet Metal
Q: This is your second spell at the Club and we were all delighted to welcome you back, how are you finding things second time round?
A: “I’m loving it, we have a great squad and a great togetherness“.
Q: On & off the pitch the Club is striving to improve, from a players point of view how do you think the Club is progressing?
A: “Personally I think the club is progressing well both on and off the park and the results are showing“.
Q: The team seem to have found a good blend of youth & senior players, for a Club like Scone it’s important that the pathway exists for youth players to graduate through to senior football. How impressed have you been with some of the lads that have trained & played with the juniors?
A: “I’ve been very impressed with some of the boys that have trained and those that have played. Especially Aaron Carlon, Darren Spence and Calum Black who have all come in and done very well“.
Q: As well as providing that pathway, the Community Club has been instrumental in supporting the juniors with the refurbishments completed over the summer. How are you finding the new facilities?
A: “The new facilities were much needed and are great. The new changing rooms have helped big time and the boys are delighted with them“.
Q: The manager has a philosophy of how the game should be played & the team appear to have adopted that, how do you think the team have been playing?
A: “The team have been working very hard both on and off the park and it’s showing in our performances but we have to keep it going if we want to be in with a shout of challenging at the right end of the table“.
Q: As an association, we’ve seen the Juniors re-structure the League’s 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 set up?
A: “The new league structure is a lot tougher this season as there are a lot of contenders for not only the league but for the play off spot with the likes of North End, Luncarty, Kinnoull and ourselves all challenging“.
Q: This looks like the strongest squad Scone have had in recent years. How well do you think this group of players can do over the next couple of seasons?
A: “Its a good group of boys but too soon to tell what can happen, a lot of games left this season so we will take each game as it comes. This season is the priority“.
Q: Looking at the future now, what ambitions do you have for yourself?
A: “if my legs can cope with another couple of seasons I’ll be happy, ageing fast is an understatement“.
Q: After playing, do you have any ambitions to stay in the game? Perhaps coaching or managing?
A: “I would love to manage a team one day“.
Q: The Club are always grateful for all of the support received from local businesses & sponsors, do you have a message for your sponsor Strachan Sheet Metal?
A: “I certainly do, if I score 10 goals this season I’ll be expecting a wage rise“!