What’s your goal for next season?
To win the league. Simple as that. Whether it can be done this year or not, that’s the aim next year. Always going to be difficult this year with the amount of signings.
We will do what we can but the ultimate aim is to be champions and try to win other trophies too.”
Who’s the best player you play with at Formartine?
Always a tough question because you have players that are good at one thing and not another then some who are good at something else but not what that other player is good at. But technically it would have to be Jamie Masson. A very talented boy.
What’s the best goal you have ever scored??
The best goal I’ve scored would have to be the equalizer for Ross County in the Highland Derby against Inverness a few years ago at the Caley stadium.
I’ve said it a few times, but because of the result it didn’t count for anything apart from personal pride as we ended up losing the game 2-1. It will stick with me forever and can’t see me scoring a better one.”
Who’s the best player you have ever played against??
“Hands down Paul Scholes.
Played against Gary Speed in Alan Shearers testimonial and he was superb but Paul Scholes is one of the best midfielders of his generation and just ran a game at his pace. Incredible passer of the ball. One of my heroes.”
Why did you choose to move to the Highland League over a higher league?
“It was a huge decision for me to take. Full time football was going to come to an end at some point. Yes it’s been earlier than I thought but a mixture of injuries and a few personal reasons I took the decision to move back to Aberdeen and look at the next stage of my life.
“As soon as I spoke to the manager and chairman I knew I wanted to play for them both. There is also a small connection with the manager as our dads played together at Peterhead years ago.
But the passion both he and the chairman showed and what they wanted to achieve at the club was good enough for me.”
Who was your childhood inspiration??
“With my dad being involved in football all his days, I grew up watching the successful Huntly team of the mid 90s so I looked up to them all, but my dad and grandad were huge influences on me growing up and I have always had a strong family behind me which has been a great help when ever things got tough.
I’d hate to see the miles my mum and dad have clocked up over the years travelling all over the country to watch me. More recently my brother in-law, Russell Anderson has also been a massive influence on me. Such an inspiration to many, he’s had some tough times in his career too and to see how he bounced back each time could not be a help to me.
He is always at the other end of the phone offering advice and helping me out and can’t thank him enough.”
What was Derek Adams really like??
“A lot has been said about our relationship towards the end of my time at Ross County. No it wasn’t great by that time but at the end of the day, what we achieved at the club can’t be questioned.
From the 2nd division to 5th in the Premier League and a Scottish Cup final. At the time for a club like County that would have been unheard of.
There was no big fall out that some people thought was the case. Small differences of opinions maybe, but that happens in football. I know he appreciates my part in the clubs rise and that’s all that matters.”