EXCLUSIVE: New Forfar Athletic striker Steven Craig desperate to get going

Photo by Michael Gillen
Photo by Michael Gillen

Gary Bollan’s newest Loons signing Steven Craig cannot wait for the trip to Peterhead this weekend after the experienced striker signed on at Station Park on Monday.

The well-travelled forward follows the acquisitions of Gareth Rodger, Euan Spark and Andy Ryan as Bollan fashions his Forfar Athletic squad for the second half of the League One season.

And Craig, who saw a return to former club Wycombe Wanderers fall through last month, said he was delighted to come to Angus to play under his former Motherwell teammate Bollan.

“My move back to Wycombe fell through in mid-January there. I was going to be going there as a player-coach but it fell through at the last minute. Dumbarton had been kind enough to let me go.

“I knew Gary from playing together at Motherwell and we’ve kept in touch. He made me aware they were looking for somebody and that there was something there for me.”

The 35-year-old veteran admitted the failed move was disappointing, but said he was delighted to be back with a club.

He also revealed he will only be at Station Park as a player at the moment, despite his coaching aspirations.

Steven continued: “It’s frustrating but it’s what happens in football. It had been talked about from mid-December. I’m just glad to be getting back into it.

“I’ll just be as a player at Forfar. I feel that I’ve still got plenty to offer as a player so I think I’ll just concentrate on that side first.”

Craig believes Forfar’s lowly position of ninth doesn’t equate with the team’s quality, but he thinks the players and the manager are very capable of getting out of the danger they’re currently in.

He said: “They had a really good start to the season and it’s obviously curtailed a bit. But the squad is more than capable of being at the other end of the table and that’s what Gary has brought me into help them do, get some more points on the board and secure league safety.

“It’s always been a really good part-time club and a successful one. Gary’s in there now and he’s more than capable of doing a good job and getting them up the table.

“I think it’ll be a case of just taking each Saturday as it comes. We need to take each game and go for the three points.

“We’ve got two good games coming up, Peterhead away then Ayr United which will be live on BBC Alba. There’s no better time to turn around the season.”

This weekend sees Forfar head north to take on Jim McInally’s high-flying Peterhead side and Steven admits he’s desperate for Saturday to come.

He added: “My last game was in the Scottish Cup for Dumbarton and I played a bounce game with Wycombe while I was down there.

“I’m just dying to get back into it. I’m back in the routine of getting ready for a Saturday and I’m delighted we managed to get something signed on Monday night.

“Now I’m really looking forward to the trip to Peterhead on Saturday.”