Thursday 4th August 2016

NEW signing David Smith admits he’s already come to Dumbarton having achieved something that not many players do.

Just over a year ago, he was within minutes of Scottish football’s greatest knock-out prize.

He was part of the Falkirk team who were level at 1-1 with 10-man Inverness CT going into the closing stages of the Scottish Cup final.

His final lasted only 63 minutes before being substituted, but he was able to celebrate the Bairns’ equaliser.

And then watch as James Vincent rolled home Inverness’ winner with four minutes left.

That, and last season’s play-off final agony against Kilmarnock, are learning experiences which David feels will stand him in good stead for this season with Sons.

He said: “It was the highlight of my career to play in the Scottish Cup final.

“Not a lot of players manage to do it, so it is a privilege for me to be able to say I have.

“It was sad for Falkirk not to win it, but it is an experience I have learned from, the same as being involved in the play-offs last season.

“Falkirk were unfortunate in those play-offs. They are a good side and they will be there or thereabouts again this time.”

David is especially looking forward to Saturday, August 27, when he makes a quick return visit to the Falkirk Stadium.

But despite the years he spent with the Bairns, he is in no doubt as to where his loyalties will lie that day.

He added: “I messaged a few of the boys when I signed for Dumbarton and they all wished me good luck for my time here.

“But when I go there, I have to go there and play for Sons.”

More from David when he first signed for Dumbarton HERE.

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Andy Galloway

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