No-brainer for Iain Campbell as defender rejoins Forfar Athletic

Iain Campbell. (Photo - Christopher Coutts)
Iain Campbell. (Photo - Christopher Coutts)

Left back Iain Campbell said it was a “no-brainer” that he’d return to Station Park this summer after enjoying a very successful loan spell at the club last season.

Campbell joins Bryan Hodge, Kevin Nicoll and Thomas O’Brien as new additions to the Forfar squad.

It was one of the worst experiences of my life watching the play-off games from the sideline.

Iain Campbell

Iain had returned to the Loons in January on loan from Cowdenbeath after he’d joined the Blue Brazil this time last year.

The gaffer’s son believes he had a number of good games during his latest spell with the club, but said his display in a loss to Peterhead was his worst in the Forfar shirt.

He said: “It was a no-brainer to sign for Forfar. It was a difficult one to leave in the first instance but the opportunity came up at Cowdenbeath. Since I came back in January it was like I’d never left, I really enjoyed my time here. Once the season ended it was a no-brainer to come back here, my mind was made up.

“I felt great when I came back. I was welcomed back by the boys and I was confident. My performance levels improved and I think I had some really good games. The Peterhead game was probably my worst in a Forfar jersey to be honest, but otherwise I think I did well.

“It’s quite early to be back to be honest. It’s been good to get back and see the boys again. It’s good to get some sessions under our belt. Some of the boys are still on holiday but it’s been good.”

Campbell’s loan deal finished before the Championship Play-offs and he was forced to watch the games from the sideline alongside a number of injured and suspended players like Mark Baxter, Stephen Husband, Mikey Dunlop and, in the final second leg, Gavin Swankie.

The experienced defender said the devastating experience was one of the worst of his life.

Iain added: “It was one of the worst experiences of my life watching the play-off games from the sideline. There were a few of us like Baxter and myself who couldn’t play.

“I was gutted my loan spell had ended, it was weird, it was a 93-day loan so I missed the last two games of the season.

“I was genuinely devastated. Not being able to help out was so frustrating. All the players out there had been first choice at some point in the season and it was so hard to watch.

“The last game was a sickener, it was a massive blow to watch it and not be able to influence the game.”