Tuesday 4th April 2017

JOE NUTTALL’S career is gradually taking him upwards – in a geographical sense.

Now he hopes that things can look up on the pitch during his loan spell with Dumbarton.

The striker started out with Manchester City’s youth team, then moved north by signing for Aberdeen.

He has yet to play a first-team game at Pittodrie, being loaned to Stranraer in the first half of the current season.

Having been back at Aberdeen since January, he hopes that the step up to the Championship can be a good one for him and Sons.

If things had worked out differently, he could have been pushing to be part of Manchester City’s multi-million pound squad – but Joe is looking forward to the challenge he has.

He said: “I’m happy to be with the club. It’s a higher level than I’ve played at so far and I’m look forward to the rest of the season, getting games and hopefully helping Dumbarton stay up.

“I had offers from Leagues One and Two to go on loan, but I felt that I had done enough at that level and that I gave a good account of myself.

“So when the offer came in from Dumbarton it was one I couldn’t turn down.

“I can’t thank Manchester City enough for the time I spent there. Being at a club like that is a great learning curve and I’m thankful for everything they did for me.

“My time with Stranraer was an enjoyable one, but it became difficult. When the team were struggling to win games they lacked confidence and in the end it didn’t work out.

“Hopefully I can do well during the time I have with Dumbarton and show the management at Aberdeen what I can do.

“It’s not going to be easy to get in the first team there, with the squad of players they already have and the players who come in, but hopefully I can give myself the best chance.”

Joe played his first 11 minutes in a Sons shirt as a substitute for goalscorer Lewis Vaughan during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Morton.

Now Roller Coaster Saturday takes Dumbarton to St Mirren, with Joe targeting another victory in the ever-running battle for survival.

He added: “St Mirren will be another tough game. They are in a fight to stay up as well, and every game is going to be big for us.

“We just have to take each game as it comes and hopefully we can be as good as we were against Morton, and claim another three points.”

Andy Galloway

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