Graeme Hart hopes his remarkable milestone goes some way to repaying gaffer Daryl McKenzie for the faith he’s shown in him after the striker scored his 50th goal for Forfar West End.
The 26-year-old goal machine got both strikes in a 2-1 win over Stonehaven in the GA Engineering Cup two weeks ago.
I’m absolutely delighted for myself to get to 50 goals. Daryl’s put a lot of faith in me.Graeme Hart
The Hitman has already set his sights on another half century but admitted he was delighted to reach the milestone.
Graeme said: “I’m absolutely delighted for myself to get to 50 goals. Daryl’s put a lot of faith in me. The first season I wasn’t at the fitness levels I wanted to be at and it took me a while to get started, but since then I’ve been doing very well. It’s good to get to a milestone but it’s great to give something back to the club to repay them for the faith they’ve shown in me.
“Obviously I’m looking forward to the next 50, I’ve been here for two and a half years and if I’m still here in two and a half years’ time scoring goals, I’ll be over the moon.”
Player-manager McKenzie was elated to see Hart join club captain Darren Scott on 50 goals, pointing out how quickly the forward adjusted to the step up in quality from amateur football.
Daryl said: “It’s really good to get both Graeme Hart and Darren Scott around the 50-goal mark, especially Graeme who’s stepped up and made the adjustment so quickly.”
There were no goals for Hart on Saturday as the side drew 1-1 with Bathgate Thistle.
Matty Ramsay was the man on the scoresheet as he put West End in front after less than five minutes with a great finish at the end of a clever through ball.
Bathgate equalised against the run of play though before they saw a man sent off for an elbow, a decision that McKenzie feels made things much harder for his side despite the numerical advantage.
The gaffer said: “We played well in the first half but the sending off comes right before half time, we were well on top of the game but it allowed them to reorganise and really just sit in.
“It galvanised them and they put 10 men behind the ball. For the majority of the second half they just sat in on the edge of their box and defended their 18-yard line.
“That made it really difficult for us to break them down and the chances we did have, their goalkeeper made some fantastic saves.”
McKenzie confirmed the signings of three players this week with Craig Bell, Liam Godfrey and Kyle McLeod joining up at Strathmore Park.
The boss was thrilled with the acquistions, citing a variety of attributes that the trio will add to his Premier League squad.
He added: “I’m absolutely delighted with the three boys we’ve brought in and it’s a real mixture in terms of what they’re going to bring to the club. Craig Bell comes in with a lot of experience having played at Montrose for the last two seasons. He’s going to have a lot to offer and he brings good experience from that level, even for one so young.
“Liam made the step up from amateurs to juniors with us and left the club last year after two years for work commitments. He brings a great creative presence from the middle of the park. Kyle McLeod is a bit of an unknown quantity. He’s on loan from Montrose, he’s been a revelation in training and we’ve got very high hopes for him.”