Look who’s back! Hilson on one-year deal with Forfar

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New Forfar Athletic striker Dale Hilson said there was nowhere else for him if he was going to play part-time football following his release from Dundee United last month.

The 21-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Station Park club after enjoying four loan spells across three years with the Loons, scoring 23 times in 113 games - 13 of which came last season.

And Hilson revealed he was delighted that Dick Campbell was so keen to bring him back to the club once the opportunity arose, with the pacey forward now hoping to help the Loons secure a playoff slot.

Dale told the Dispatch: “I’m delighted to sign, I’m excited and I’m looking forward to the season starting. The amount of time I’ve been here, I know everyone at the club from Linda the tea lady to the chairman, and everybody’s always been brilliant to me.

“I was delighted that there was interest in me and I was happy to sign again. I’ve enjoyed the last three years here, I’ve enjoyed every minute and if I was coming part-time I was only ever coming to Forfar.

“It’s a very well-run club and I just want to come in and do a good job for them.

“The gaffer’s brilliant, he’s the same with all the players. He’s always been good to me, I’ve been here since I was 17 and I’ve pretty much grown up at Forfar and under the guidance of Dick.

“The squad’s looking strong and all the players are looking good and sharp in training. When Danny [Denholm] was first here he had a very good year and he’s come back, then someone like Derek [Young], there’s great experience there and it’s going to be great to have that in the dressing room. He’s already looking like being a great addition. We’re looking at getting as far up the table as possible as always. We want to be aiming for the play-offs then go from there.”

Manager Dick Campbell was thrilled to secure Hilson’s signature and believes the acquisition, his third after the signings of Danny Denholm and Derek Young, sends a blatant message to the rest of League One that Forfar will be a threat this year - with promotion the ultimate goal in the future.

He said: “This sends across a clear message about how importantly Forfar are taking this season in terms of going forward and being a serious threat.

“It’s a combination of things that have gone right to get Dale here. He came to us at the start of pre-season and said he wanted to come to us, so immediately we got moving.

“We are absolutely delighted to sign a player of his calibre.

“You see everything that’s happening at this club, we aren’t here to stabilise clubs or anything - we are here to get this football club out of this league.”