Following the great news that the club had completed the signing of Adam Harwood for next season, we sat down with the manager Alan McSkimming to get his thoughts on the player and to look forward to this weekends final home game of the season against Bo’ness United at Laing Park.
Firstly, can we ask for your thoughts on signing Adam ?
“Well we are absolutely delighted to have signed Adam, he is the sort of player that every club wants and in all honesty he was not short on options. Adam has been fantastic in the Super League following a season long loan agreement with Montrose FC.
His likeable personality made it easy for him to fit into our dressing room and within weeks of his arrival he was a big part of our plans for the season. Adam is not the most vocal player on the park but his presence is always felt, he his powerful and commanding.
Adam’s performances this season have caught the eye of several clubs and this meant that he was player in demand but credit to him that he has stayed loyal to us and he has bought into the ethos we are trying to create at the club.”
In the last few weeks the mention of the Carnoustie Panmure Family has come up, can you explain ?
“At this club everyone is on a level par, yes we all have our defined roles within the club but we all look after one another at the same time. The dressing room is something that I have worked hard to ensure has the right balance and bringing the right players into this is crucial. The boys are a close knit bunch and for me that is something that shows in our performances, especially when the going gets tough.
The character and togetherness is something that has brought our success this seasons.”
Looking forward to this weekend, how have you kept the guys focussed ?
Our safety in the Super League was confirmed 3-4 weeks ago now and if I’m completely honest our performances have slightly tailed off as well. To a reasonable extent I can understand that because I know how much was giving during a tough winter period when we went a long time undefeated, however, at the same time I want more, the club wants more.
We have been really mixing up the training sessions in the last few weeks and the coaches have been fully involved in the sessions too which was great fun. I’ve told the boys that we have two games left (Boness at home and Bonnyrigg away) and I want us to finish the season on a high by securing more points. After tonights session which was full of urgency and intensity, I believe that there focus is well and truly there, going into Saturdays game.
Talking of Saturdays game, what are your thoughts ?
This will be a very tough game for us against a Boness side that have been scoring lots of goals and winning games. We have a number of issues on player availability this weekend, so this will only add to the challenge. Ryan Roche, Liam Scott, Ewan Buggins and Luke McGeehan are all definitely unavailable, so we will taking advantage of the squad and will look to give some of younger players an opportunity against a top side.
This is our last home of the season and I want us to secure the 3 points but we know that we will have to be at our very best to do that.