Bullish Bryden Nolan hopes he can help take Newmains to the next level, writes Daniel Tully.
Midfielder Nolan was one of a handful of new faces to arrive at Victoria Park during the summer and the 20-year-old – who joined from Sauchie – isn’t short of confidence, but wants to prove himself in the new West of Scotland League.
“The goal for me was to play in the West Region and the challenge ahead is exciting,” he said.
“There’s a good challenge coming up against well-established teams. When the fans are back we’ll play in front of bigger crowds and against bigger teams.
“As I’m only 20 it will really boost my development. Newmains is the best place for me to be this season.”
When speaking about what he’ll bring to the team, it is clear to see Nolan’s energy and enthusiasm.
He grinned: “I’ve got a good dig in me. I like to play until the 90th minute and fight for everything that’s there, whether it’s in the air, on the ground, backing up my teammate, scoring a goal or giving the rest of the boys a bit of confidence.
“Hopefully I can be the person to get us going this season.”
Working as a gas engineer in Airdrie, life will be much easier for Nolan playing closer to home. Like any youngster, it’s all about getting on the park and playing.
Bryden added: “It’s going to be a challenge when you look at the results over the last few seasons.
“But I’m really wanting to get on and have a good season. “
Newmains’ match at home to Glasgow Perthshire on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.