Thursday 3rd August 2017

DAVID SMITH has already found that life with Dumbarton is full of surprises.

He came to the club last year as an attacking midfielder, and as part of a team tipped by many to go down.

He ended it helping the club look forward to its sixth consecutive season in the second tier – playing most of the campaign as a right back.

Now he’s back for more, and wants to help the club continue to achieve – including by improving its league finish.

But despite his impressive performances in the right back position last season, he insists he’s still learning to play it.

He told “I’m looking forward to it. I had a good time last year and I’m raring to go this time around and help us push up the league.

“Everybody writes us off, with us and Brechin being the only part-time teams in the league, but we’re certain we can move up the table.

“Obviously I got in at right back last season and I’ve never looked back. I’ve just got on with it, and then the gaffer told me he wanted to re-sign me to be right back for this season.

“I’m up for the challenge. I’m still learning the position and I’m still trying to get back to full fitness after a couple of hamstring problems, but I reckon I can produce the goods.”

Sons’ recent Betfred Cup campaign didn’t have the results they wanted, but David feels it served a purpose in other ways.

And with the new-look squad coming together, he hopes to hit the ground running against Morton tomorrow – and learn something from the opposition’s success last season.

He added: “Against Ayr United we were really unlucky, and we feel luck has gone against us in other games.

“We’ve never had the breaks that we need. We’ve not performed as well as we can but the squad has been limited by injuries.

“We’ve also been rebuilding the squad as only about four or five players have stayed on. It’s hard to gel right away but we feel we are getting there.

“The Kilmarnock game was geared towards us preparing further for the new Championship season. It’s a tough place to go but both teams were up for the game.

“We’ve got to aim as high as we can. There’s no point in going into it just trying to stay up. We did that last year, but now we must push on.

“Look at Morton last year. They were flying for a number of weeks and were second in the table for a spell.”

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Andy Galloway

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