Forfar West End assistant manager Jamie McBrearty commended gaffer Daryl McKenzie for leading the side into the East Region Premier League.
West End are still not officially promoted but rivals Downfield require nine points and a 27-goal swing in their remaining three games, so the celebrations following the 4-2 defeat of Thornton Hibs on Saturday were certainly justified.
And McBrearty says it is all down to one man, Daryl, for his performances on and off the park this year.
Jamie told the Dispatch: “We got rid of a few players that raised a few eyebrows but we had to make radical changes. One of the changes we did make, and he doesn’t give himself enough credit, was putting Daryl back in to defence. He’s been a mainstay of every performance we’ve had this season.
“He’s led by example off the park but also on the park.
“This club has been promoted because of Daryl McKenzie. He is the life and blood of what we’re attempting to do here. All the boys have their roles but in terms of leadership, this man has taken the club from absolutely nothing into the Premier League.”
Club captain and Saturday’s hat-trick hero Darren Scott was thrilled to help the side on their way back to the Super League, a project he knows the gaffer was working on when he convinced the striker to sign on at Strathmore Park two years ago.
Darren said: “I’m delighted with the result as captain but for the club as well. The boys in the dressing room deserve all the credit but there are a few boys who aren’t here that deserve our thanks too.
“When Daryl spoke to me two years ago, I wasn’t playing and he told me about the project he had going and I was delighted to come in and help. I think that was the aim at that point, to get promoted within two seasons and that’s what we’ve done.
“Daryl told me in the week that I’d be back up front and he wanted a captain’s performance and I thought I needed to lead from the front. Thankfully I’ve got the goals in this game.”