New boy Paterson delighted with derby cup win

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

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New Forfar Athletic signing Jim Paterson is delighted to be at Station Park after agreeing a deal until January.

Paterson cited the opportunity to work with Dick Campbell as a key factor in his decision to come up to Angus as a number of English clubs had made offers to the former Bristol Rovers man.

And the left back has been very impressed with the standards at Station Park he has encountered so far, from the quality of the players to the professionalism of those running the club.

He said: “I’m delighted to be here. I know it’s a part-time club but it is run like a full-time club. My impressions are first class. I’ve known Dick for years in the game and when the chance came up to come up here to play for him I was delighted.

“I had a couple of offers in England to keep playing but my kids are up the road and I was travelling up from Bristol, it was getting too difficult so I knew I wanted to come home to be closer to my kids. When you come back up the road you’re looking for something full-time, obviously you’re getting on a wee bit and it didn’t transpire. I decided to go part-time and there were a few clubs interested but by then a few part-time clubs had used their budgets.

“In my first session, Dick had told me we like to play football and within five minutes I could tell. This is a team sitting third in the table so you want to come here.

“This has been on the cards for a wee while and Dick’s been trying to sort something because he’s been desperate to get me in. And when a manager is desperate to get you in you know that’s the sort of place you want to be.”

Paterson made his debut in the 2-1 Forfarshire Cup win over Brechin City on Thursday evening, a victory he felt the side deserved.

Jim had played the game at centre half with Andrew Steeves out at full back but the former will be likely to move out to his favoured position after Steeves was taken off the park with a nasty hamstring injury.

The 34-year-old continued: “It was a good result, first half I thought we were really good then second half, the shape went a wee bit. Credit, I think that was mostly Brechin’s first team and they put us under a lot of pressure. In terms of me getting games and match fitness it was great to get 90 minutes.

“It was unfortunate for Andy, I was at centre half and I thought he was having a really good game. The hamstring’s one of these unfortunate things. He’s managed to follow the striker right in, he’s made contact with the ball and the hamstring goes. The physio’s had a look at it and they’re going to see how bad it is but I hope for him it’s not too bad.”