Stuart Malcolm is excited about Forfar Athletic return

Photo by Chris Coutts.
Photo by Chris Coutts.

Experienced centre half Stuart Malcolm is delighted to be back at Forfar Athletic for his third spell with the Station Park club.

The 36-year-old defender joined the club last week alongside goalkeeper Grant Adam, bringing Gary Bollan’s new signings up to five following the arrivals of Jim Lister, Jamie Bain and David Cox.

Malcolm said he can’t wait to get playing for his new manager after being very impressed by what the former Airdrieonians and Livingston boss told him during discussions about a potential move.

Stuart’s experience of the bottom tier of Scottish football will be invaluable to the Loons this season with Malcolm keen to repeat what he achieved with Arbroath - winning the title.

The centre half said: “I had a phonecall from Barry Sellars asking if I’d perhaps be interested in coming back up.

“So once I knew Gary was interested I was quite keen to speak to him.

“It happened quite quickly in terms of speaking to them.

“I was impressed by what Gary said so that’s what swayed to me decide to come back.

“Gary was still playing when I was young lad at St Johnstone so I’ve known him since then. I’m looking forward to playing for him this season.

“I had an offer to go onto the coaching side with Stenhousemuir as part of the backroom staff, but I’m still looking to play.

“At my age I really need to be playing as much as I can while I’m still fit enough, so that’s what I’ve done.

“It’s a great club there, the people who run the club are really nice people.

“We had a very good first half to the season then a very poor second half.

“But the aim was to finish above the play-off places and we did that.

“I’ve been in that league, I’ve been lucky enough to win it with Arbroath. It’s very, very competitive the same as League One.

“Everybody’s capable of beating everybody else.

“As you see from League One last year with Brechin getting that run together.”