New Forfar Athletic midfielder Bryan Hodge said he couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with Dick Campbell and the quality players at Station Park.
The 27-year-old agreed a pre-contract with the Loons at the beginning of 2015 while he was still at fellow League One side Stenhousemuir.
I wanted to play in that Forfar team with the players they have.Bryan Hodge
And while he had made his mind up to remain with the Warriors for the 2015/16 season, he said the allure of Forfar was too much to pass up.
He said: “I spoke to Dick last season and at that point I’d kind of made my mind up to sign on again with Stenhousemuir. But the stuff he was talking about, and I spoke to a few people who’d worked with him, it just felt right.
“I didn’t want to miss out on the chance so the pre-contract was the best thing to do for me. A few of the boys have told me a lot of great stories about him. I’m really looking forward to getting back to it, we’ve only been off a month but I’m missing my football.
“I looked at the players Forfar had when I was talking to Dick and I thought they were one of the best, if not the best, teams in the league. I thought they had a great chance to go up. But either way I felt that Championship or not, I wanted to play in that team with the players they have.
“After signing the priority for me was trying to help keep Stenhousemuir in the league, but obviously I was keeping one eye on Forfar. I’m happy now, we’re starting next week at pre-season and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Hodge struggled with injuries last season after suffering a dislocated shoulder early in the campaign, but said he’s put the problems well behind him.
He continued: “I dislocated my shoulder and I had some injuries from that so my form dipped. But going into the last few games and the play-offs my form was a bit better. Having the injuries and then the change of manager didn’t maybe help me. I started okay, my form dipped in the middle then I finished a bit better.
“It was the beginning of the season when I did my shoulder and from there I got some niggles here and everywhere. I took a month off to rest and since then I’ve been fine.”
Bryan believes his new side can challenge for the League One title again this season and be successful in their chase for promotion.
He added: “Hopefully we can go and win the league this year and go up automatically. I’m confident we have the quality to go and win it, I can’t see why not. It’s a competitive league but Forfar are well capable of being up there all season.”