Teenager Michael Kennedy is over the moon after signing a new two-year contract with Forfar Athletic.
The impressive left back had been a regular feature in Gary Bollan’s teams until illness and injury saw him out of the squad altogether.
And while Kennedy is desperate to get back onto the park to help his teammates stay in League One, the 19-year-old knows he has to let his injury properly heal.
Michael said: “I’m really chuffed with the new deal and it’s been great to get a few games, I’m just delighted the gaffer likes what I’ve been doing.
“I’m loving it here, the team we’ve got is great.
“We’ve got a very good balance and I’m getting on well.
“It’s shin splints I’ve got, so it’s going to keep coming back unless I let it heal completely so we’re just making sure I treat it properly.
“It’s frustrating to get a run in the team then you’re struggling, but it happens and it’ll go away eventually.
“I was dying to be involved against Dunfermline, you want to be playing in these games especially when we’re fighitng to stay in the league.”
Kennedy believes performances like those in recent weeks are just what the side need to maintain their status in Scotland’s third tier.
He went on to praised fellow left back Iain Campbell as an important figure to learn from in the dressing room and on the park, citing his wealth of experience and excellent leadership qualities as being crucial for Michael to learn from.
Kennedy added: “ We just need more hard work, you saw against Dunfermline what we’re capable of.
“Hopefully the boys keep performing well for the last three games. Hopefully the other teams around us slip up as well.
“Iain’s been great, he’s played at the top level and he’s great to learn from. Great craic in the dressing room and he’s very experienced.
“He’s a great leader to have around the place.”
Michael was not the only youngster signing a new deal at Station Park as explosive winger Kerr Hay added a year to his deal with the club.