New boy Gareth Rodger is focused on Forfar Athletic future

Photo by Chris Coutts
Photo by Chris Coutts

Defender Gareth Rodger reckons Forfar Athletic deserved their point after battling back to draw 1-1 with Stranraer on Saturday.

The 22-year-old joined Gary Bollan’s side earlier this week and played the entire game, putting in a great last ditch challenge to deny former Loon Mark McGuigan.

Rodger felt the side took their time to get into the game, with the first shot for the home side coming in the 37th minute.

He said: “I enjoyed it, it was quite a tough game.

“Stranraer are a good side and have been on a good run of late, obviously we’re down at the bottom end of the league but I felt the boys did well.

“We started off slowly but came into the game in the second half and I felt we deserved a point at least, it could have went our way at the end but it wasn’t to be.

“I thought I did okay, I always think I can do better but overall I thought it was a solid performance.”

Rodger had been at St Johnstone for six years, spending time on loan to Angus clubs Brechin City and Montrose as well as playing for Irish side Ballymena United in the first half of this season.

He explained that he felt it was time to seek first team football rather than a loan.

He continued: “My contract with St Johnstone was coming to an end in the summer and we had agreed that it was better for me to go and play first team football.

“My contract was terminated and it allowed me the chance to sign for Forfar permanently and not just on loan so that

“I could have the chance to play first team football.”

He also reckons he is only looking at his present and not his future at the moment, explaining that he hopes he can enjoy his time at Forfar.

He added: “I’m not looking to the future at the moment, I’m just looking to enjoy being at Forfar and see where it takes me.

“If I end up getting back to full time that would be good but right now I’m just focusing on getting games.”

This weekend, Forfar face a trip north to face high-flying Peterhead.