After Euan Bauld signed a new contract with the club which ensures he will remain at Shielfield Park next season, the official website caught up with the defender to discuss his plans for next season.
Euan has been out for the whole 2015-2016 campaign with a back injury, joining forward Calum Helm on the sidelines for the past nine months.
And the full back has revealed that although himself and Calum have both suffered similar misfortune on the pitch, their shared experience has helped lift each other off it.
“On a personal level, this season has been a very frustrating one for me. Picking up my injury so early in the season having had a taste of first-team football was hard to take.
“It’s been a slow process but I have to admit, having Calum alongside me throughout, going through the same thing, has really help keep me motivated, and I’m sure that goes both ways.”
There seems to be light at the tunnel for Euan, as he continues: “I also have to give credit to Jamie (Dougall), the club physio. He has been excellent with my recovery. From where we are now, it’s all about building my strength back up and getting my recovery spot on to ensure this won’t happen again.
“So at the minute, that’s my focus. Of course, longer term I want to be in the first-team, but I need to recover in the right way and fully to stand any chance. Once that’s done, I can begin to work hard both in training and away from training to really push on and try convince the gaffer I’m first-team material.”
It appears the prospect of working with John Coughlin is something that appeals to the youngster, as he reveals: “I’m delighted to be signing on with the club again. I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far, and I feel I’ve still a lot more to give.
“There’s a good feeling around the squad at the moment and I believe the gaffer has played a big part in creating that by bringing his winning mentality – that’s something I really wanted to be a part of.”