Defender Stuart Malcolm believes Forfar Athletic is one of the top part time clubs in Scotland.
And the 34-year-old says that lofty reputation is what motivated him to sign on for another season with the Station Park outfit as he looks to help the side build on last year’s seventh-placed finish by pushing into the Scottish League One playoffs.
He told the Dispatch: “I’m delighted to be signing on again at Forfar Athletic. They’re one of the best part time clubs around to be honest, the way we’re looked after, the way we’re treated at Forfar is second to none. It’s a big pull for a lot of the players staying there. It’s a bit of a travel for the boys like myself from the central belt but it’s such a good club and the manager’s obviously vastly experienced, his knowledge of the game is phenomenal.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Forfar Athletic. I’ve played at other part time clubs and Forfar are leaps and bounds above the others. Hopefully we can push on this season and get into at least the playoffs, if not further.
“Hopefully we can build on last season. With the players and the management we’ve got, absolutely. Speaking for myself, I’d want us to be getting into the playoffs. That’s where we want to be.”
Stuart revealed he had considered leaving the Loons due to problems with travelling so far to and from training during the week but that looks to have been resolved for those players from the central belt like the ex-Alloa Athletic man, and Malcolm stressed that if he had left Forfar the travelling would have been the only reason.
He continued: “Travelling was a big problem for me because I was travelling by myself due to work commitments and I’ve got a young family down in Falkirk. I think it’s been addressed for us this year so it’ll be easier for the boys in the central belt, I think training is going to be moved. That was the only reason I was going to move, the travelling, and the club were well aware of that. For everybody, not just myself, it was addressed so that makes it easier.”
Forfar begin their league campaign away to Stranraer, the longest trip on their calendar, before they host Dunfermline and Stuart admits the competitive nature of League One meant it was going to be a difficult start whoever they had to face.
He added: “It’s a hard start, we’re at Stranraer and then we’ve got Dunfermline. In this division, everyone is capable of beating everybody else.”