Last week, jordanburtfootball.com had a quick chat with Ross Drummond to look over his career to date and to find out, where he is now… Part Two
Having been involved with Berwick up until the 15th of December, Drummond then found himself on the bench and in the stands as his enjoyment of the beautiful game began to decrease.
“A new manager came in at that time and he just didn’t take to my style of play, unfortunately. It was extremely disappointing and frustrating as I felt I was deserving of a place within the side. When you travel through to Berwick every second Saturday and you aren’t being picked, it does take its toll and to be honest, it is probably the only point in my career where I have genuinely disliked football – I felt very disillusioned, so I had to leave. I needed to go and enjoy my football once more and thankfully I have been able to do that since dropping out of the senior game.”
In the summer of 2016, the full-back joined local junior side, Dundonald Bluebell.
“I knew a few of the guys who were playing at the Bell and they highly recommended the club to me. With all the good things they had to say about the playing and management staff, as well as the committee, and the locality of the stadium, it ticked all the boxes for myself. Living in Kinghorn, it would cut down on the amount of travelling I would need to do so that was a major plus also. To be honest, I don’t think there is much difference between the junior set-ups and some of the lower-end SPFL clubs’ facilities. I have worked under some great managers and coaches and to be fair, the training sessions put on and the standard of coaching available to us guys in the juniors is on a par with anything I have received in my earlier career while with Dunfermline and Berwick. Stevie Kay and his coaches are top class and there is no reason why junior clubs like ourselves couldn’t compete with some of the sides in the SPFL lower leagues.”
Having joined Dundonald just as they had been promoted to the Junior SuperLeague, what were the ambitions for the 23-year-old and how do they compare to this campaign at Moorside Park?
“When I initially joined, because we had just been promoted, we were looking at consolidation: making sure we stayed up and finished as high up the league as possible. Now that we have done that, I feel we can kick on again. We can’t get promoted any higher but we can still win this league and that has to be our aim this term. We have started the season off really well and hopefully we can continue that on for the remainder of the season. Personally, I just wanted to play week-in, week-out and I have done that. I am really enjoying my time with the Bell – I felt I made a pretty easy and seamless transition and that has allowed me to play a good standard of football while enjoying my life again. I’m only 23 so I would like to think I have many footballing years left ahead of me so you can’t rule anything out [in terms of going senior again] but at this minute in time my sole focus is on Dundonald Bluebell and helping us challenge for the title this campaign.”
Finally, Where Is He Now?:
“I am in the third year electrical maintenance technician apprenticeship with ExxonMobil where I work at Mossmorren.”