New boys attracted by McKenzie’s project

New Forfar West End signings Derek Patterson and Craig Stephen.
New Forfar West End signings Derek Patterson and Craig Stephen.

New West End centre back Derek Patterson said the decision to join the club from Fraserburgh was a “no-brainer” once he heard from player-manager Daryl McKenzie.

The 28-year-old defender, who used to feature for Kirrie Thistle, was wowed by the project McKenzie and his staff are working on at Strathmore Park - a project which Patterson was delighted to be a part of.

Derek told the Dispatch: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s a good bunch of boys, you instantly can fit into the dressing room.

“From my point of view as well, coming from Fraserburgh, Daryl sold it to me, simple as that. He told me what they want to do here and I want to be a part of that. It’s a great project they’ve got here. What Daryl and the coaching staff and everyone have done, what they’ve achieved in a short period of time is nothing short of incredible.

“It was almost a no-brainer when Daryl got in touch with me. Daryl’s enthusiasm more than anything stuck out for me. West End has always been a team I’ve always hated playing against. Being from Kirrie myself and having played for Kirrie, it was a team I never wanted to play against.”

Fellow new recruit Craig Stephen, formerly of Arbroath Vics, was thrilled to join what he describes as a very competitive squad.

The versatile midfielder said: “I’m delighted to be at West End. I was really chuffed when Daryl got in touch, especially with the promotion and being up a league. There are a lot of good players here and I’m looking forward to it. It’s really competitive right through the squad and that’s only a good thing.

“I’m happy to be here and it’s a great step for me from Arbroath. Forfar West End’s always been a very big club. There’s a lot of positives now, there’s a strong coaching set-up and a strong committee backing them.”