Friday 4th August 2017

AFTER the difference Stuart Carswell made to Dumbarton in the second half of last season, it seemed realistic that full-time clubs would be interested.

But even if they were, they had no chance.

The midfielder enjoyed his initial stay at the club so much that he had no hesitation in signing new terms.

To his and many other people’s frustration, Stuart has been out injured for some time and will have to watch tomorrow’s Championship opener against Morton from the sidelines.

However, the challenge is one he’s relishing returning to when the time comes.

He told “It (the second half of last season) was very successful. If you ask any of the boys, their aim was to keep the club in the division first and foremost.

“In the end, I thought we did that in style – we were the highest-scoring away team in the Championship.

“You usually wait a couple of weeks to re-sign, but after I came back from my holiday I signed more or less straight away.

“The manager made it quite clear I was in his plans. It made perfect sense to me – if you enjoy it, there’s no reason to leave.

“It’s been frustrating watching during pre-season, doing two weeks’ running and then as soon as the ball comes out, I pick up a knock.

“I’m not a good spectator and although I’ll be cheering the boys on from the sidelines, I hope I’m back in action as soon as possible.”

Stuart feels that although Sons were glad to survive and claim a sixth consecutive season in the Championship, they will be aiming higher this time around.

And as well as in football, his life is on the right track in other ways.

He added: “I work on the railway now, so I’ve managed to get a good job away from football.

“I could have gone full-time for not much more money. It’s not about the money – it’s about how much you enjoy it.

“Next season we want to progress. An achievement for us would be to reach the play-off places and it’s something we feel we can aim for.

“Why not aim for that? It would be another high for the club.

“The manager has kept the team in the Championship for the last few seasons and he wants to keep progressing as well.”

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Andy Galloway

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