Doonhamers defender Callum Fordyce is fighting fit and ready to battle it out with Jason Kerr and Darren Brownlie, with all three centre-backs giving Gary Naysmith a headache of the right kind.
The former Livingston and Dunfermline defender told jordanburtfootball.com:
“I have settled in really well and really quickly too. I have enjoyed meeting all the lads and getting to know them. We have a really good squad here and that is testament to the gaffer and Dougie. They have brought in a lot of experience to compliment the youngsters who have been impressive too.”
“I came here to get a fresh start,” continues Fordyce, who left the Pars in the summer to join their Championship rivals. “I feel I have definitely got that. It has revitalised me as a player and as a person and I am solely focused on my football now – I am really enjoying it again. We have started good, albeit we have had a few draws rather than wins, especially earlier on in the BetFred Cup: that can only help us as a group though. It takes time to gel and those results – while disappointing as you want to win every game – allowed us to brush up on a few things and in the end, I felt we were really unlucky to not qualify.”
The Irn-Bru Cup is something which Fordyce has embraced too, with the ex-Livi centre-back commenting:
“It was a hard game in the last round against Montrose. It wasn’t easy, they made it really hard for us and credit to them for playing as well as they did, particularly in the first-half where I thought we were poor. Their goalie could probably have won a move off the back of his performance that day, he was outstanding! I don’t mind the draw away to TNS either. It is a good chance for us to go to play a team we haven’t before and test ourselves; I know people will look upon it as a team from the Welsh league but they have won their title for numerous years now and it takes a good team to achieve that, so we won’t be underestimating them. We are footballers at the end of the day and it is just another game to us – the travelling is something we do all the time, whether it be we go down the night before or on the day, it doesn’t matter. We will be prepared as that is our jobs and what we get paid to do. Hopefully we can get a win and get through to the semi-finals as it is a cup competition after all and we want to win it: I feel we have just as good a chance as anybody else to do so, as well.”
The defender has made 17 appearances for the Dumfries side this season, already beating his tally for Dunfermline last term.
“I think that proves how far I have come to be honest. I made my comeback last year but I never felt I was at the right level of fitness. I went away over the summer, worked really hard and got myself into good shape to come back for pre-season and I feel I have hit the ground running. I have played a lot of games already this campaign and I hope to keep that going; I have a lot of competition at the back with Jason Kerr and Darren Brownlie but I have shown my flexibility by covering at right-back too. I am happy with how I have begun my time at Palmerston. I hope we can continue picking up the points as if we can, we will have a good season and hopefully have something to reward the fans with come May.”