Thursday 25th March 2021

FORTY-FOUR minutes of football is all James Wallace has to show for season 2020/21 so far – but he’s keen to make it a success story.

The striker had to put in the miles to relocate to central Scotland to join Morton in the 2020 close season after his release by Ross County.

But he hopes it’ll all be worth it over the rest of the campaign – not wearing the blue and white of Morton, but in the black and gold of Dumbarton.

He signed a loan deal until the end of the campaign today and now has, among other games, a Scottish Cup tie against Aberdeen to look forward to.

That game comes in the middle of a very hectic run for Sons, but he’s ready to throw himself into the action.

Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, James said: “I’m really excited and looking forward to it. It’s been a frustrating season with a lack of game time, but hopefully I can get some minutes in the tank and help the team as much as I can.

“The schedule we’ve got probably isn’t ideal, but more players will tell you that they would rather have game after game.

“Rotation will be a big part of it for us but I’m looking forward to being involved in the challenge. I’ve got the chance to go out and make it a successful season.

“We have the cup tie with Aberdeen in amongst those and those are the games everybody looks forward to in the Scottish Cup.

“I’m from Inverness, so when I joined Morton I had to relocate and come down. It’s been quite difficult with the issues going on in the wider world but I don’t really mind it.”

James’ first 34 minutes of action so far this season were in a Betfred Cup tie for Morton against Partick Thistle. The remaining 10 were in the same competition against Queen’s Park.

Despite having scored four against Huntly the other night, possibly the question Dumbarton will be keenest to have answered by the new arrival may be – are you a goalscorer?

He added: “I’d say yes to that, whether scoring or creating goals, I’m trying to be as positive as I can and as creative as I can.

“I’ll probably be better informed after training tonight about our chances against Peterhead on Saturday, but I’m looking forward to it.

“I know the players had a disappointing result on their return to league action on Saturday and they’ll want to bounce back.

“They’ll look ahead to the game positively, and so am I.”

Andy Galloway

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