Sunday 15th May 2022
NO sooner has Brett Long arrived at Dumbarton than he is away again.
But he will be back – and when he is, he’s looking forward to it.
The goalkeeper took time out from his holiday packing to make an early Sunday morning trip to the Dumbarton Football Stadium to sign for Sons.
He can now jet off to Majorca tomorrow knowing where he’ll be playing his football for the next two years.
And for the Motherwell-based keeper, the switch from Peterhead means far fewer miles on the clock every other Saturday.
With ambitions for next season, it’s a challenge he can’t wait to get his teeth into.
Speaking to dumbartonfootballclub.com, Brett said: “It’s a big club, with a really good squad, staff and fans, so I’m really looking forward to it.
“I spoke to manager Stevie Farrell during the week, and I’m glad to get it sorted now and look ahead to the season. Our number one objective is to win the league.
“It’s a lot less travelling for me. Peterhead train in Dundee two nights a week, whereas Dumbarton’s training venue is a 20-minute drive for me and Dumbarton itself is only a bit longer.
“It was good craic on the bus up to Peterhead, but the travelling took its toll and it got a bit in the way, and it gets to the point where you’re not really looking forward to it.
“Overall, though, I had a really good season with Peterhead. But this is a new challenge for me.
“The manager is very ambitious for Dumbarton, and I spoke to others outwith the club who said great things about him and the goalkeeping coach (Eric Phillips).
“They rate them so highly, so I was over the moon when I heard that they were interested.
“I also know a few of the players and I think the squad is a very good one for cinch League Two. It should be in cinch League One challenging and our first objective is to get back there.
“One hundred per cent, it’s a realistic aspiration. You want to try and get promotion whether it’s through the playoffs or winning the league.
“But with our squad, and the amount of talent we have among the players and staff, I don’t understand why we couldn’t go and try to win it.”
Brett is also pleased to have some personal security by signing a two-year deal.
He added: “It’s good to have a two-year contract. It shows the manager has a lot of faith in me.
“Hopefully I can repay him by doing my job, keeping the ball out of the net and ensuring we are at the right end of the table.”
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