Loons loanee Scott Martin thanks club for opportunity of first team football

Photo - Chris Coutts

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Forfar Athletic’s new midfielder Scott Martin had mixed emotions after the side’s 4-0 defeat away to Dunfermline on Saturday.

The 18-year-old joined on Friday from Hibernian on a month long loan with a view to extending that and the Scotland under 19 internationalist said he’s happy to get some game time under his belt at a good level.

Martin feels all the team can do is bounce back from the defeat which has left them without a win in their last five games.

He said: “I thought it was quite difficult coming into a new team but all the boys made me welcome and I feel as if I’ve settled in quite well. The first half I thought we performed well but in the second we let it go a little bit, we’ve just got to bounce back from it.”

The highly rated midfielder has made seven appearances for Hibs since making his debut last season as well as netting against Montrose back in August, and he reckons now is the best time to be going out on loan - adding that he is thankful for the chance from the Loons.

“I went in on Thursday morning for training and I got a call into the manager’s office and they just said Dick was on the phone asking if I was able to come on loan,” he said.

“I thought this was the right time to get a change of scenery and some game time under my belt at a great level so it was a no brainer for me to come here.

“At first team level it’s always going to be hard so to get experience here and for Dick to give me the chance today, it’s good to get 90 minutes, it’s my first 90 in about four or five weeks but it’s great and I’m pleased for the opportunity.”

Martin will at least have a familiar face at the club for his spell with fellow Hibee Lewis Allan also on loan at Forfar.

He added: “Lewis gave me a text before the game saying all the best and he’s told me all the lads are smashing as well. Derek Young stays round the corner from me, he grew up where I’m from so he’s been speaking to me but all of them have made me feel really welcome, they’re a great bunch of boys.”