Teenage scorer enjoying his football

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ARBROATH’s on-loan midfielder Euan Smith had a great week which culminated in his superb strike which put the Lichties in front in their game against Queen of the South at Gayfield on Saturday.

And in the days before the match he had been talking with his ‘other’ boss, Hibs’ supremo Pat Fenlon, and was told that he is making good progress and would be getting another contract for next year.

The teenager was, understandably, cock-a-hoop when HeraldSport talked to him after Saturday’s match. And what was in the forefront of his mind? That marvellous goal against the champions-elect, of course.

He said: “It was a good strike late on in the game as well, so the idea was simply to see the game out and it might have been a good victory over the team at the top of the table.

“That is the first goal I have scored for Arbroath and it is probably the best of my career so far. As soon as the ball left my foot I watched it travelling and just thought it was going in.

“If we keep on playing like that and turning in similar performances, there is a great chance of making the play-offs. We have been playing well recently and just have to keep it up.

“The team is getting better game on game and the players who came in during the transfer window - myself included - have bedded in really well. We have started to play some great football and are getting better and better each week.”

He explained that coming to Arbroath was a chance to get first team football. He went on: “The gaffer wanted me to be playing against men to see how I would cope with that and it has been a great opportunity to get some first team match time under my belt. I am enjoying myself at Gayfield and there is a great bunch of lads here.”

Euan has just turned 19 and is already showing some neat skills. He revealed that some of the scouts sometimes come to the games to keep an eye on progress, adding: “I got told that I was getting a contract for another year, so that was good news and it’s a good indication of how I am doing. Overall it has been a very good week for me. My prime ambition is to go back to Hibs and, by the end of next season, get into the first team and get game time there.

“My loan spell here is until the end of the season, which takes in the play-offs, but I don’t know what is happening after that. I will just have to wait and see.”