Interview with Forfar Athletic’s Marc McCallum

Marc McCallum was elated to pick up three awards in the Forfar Athletic end of season presentation on Saturday and admits it’s the first time he’s won anything.

The 25 year old goalkeeper was named the Supporters’ Player of the Year, Away Supporters’ Player of the Year as well as the Players’ Player of the Year following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Queen’s Park.

McCallum couldn’t hide his delight after winning the awards and praised the side’s change in fortunes after the appointment of Jim Weir in October.

“I’m happy to pick up the awards, it was funny I was laughing with the boys at each of the awards, it’s been a change of fortunes since the new manager came in. Obviously we’ve picked up a few points and I’ve helped out where I can trying to keep the ball out of the net.”

“On a personal level it’s been a good season so it’s nice to win the awards, I’ve never won anything before and they’ve all come at once so I’m pretty chuffed to be fair.”

Forfar have gained just three points this season against Queen’s Park with three draws and a defeat and the keeper feels the side tired easily on Saturday, adding it’s been a regular occurrence against the Spiders this season.

“When we go 1-0 up, we look good, we played some good stuff and looked like we had no pressure on us because there is none. I think we tired really quickly, it’s been a thing against Queen’s Park this season, we’ve just not played that well against them at times.”

The season will end this Saturday with a trip to Airdrieonians; the Loons are currently on 35 points with manager Jim Weir setting a target of 37 previously. McCallum hopes they can end the season on a high for themselves and the supporters that will travel down to New Broomfield.

“The gaffer’s wanting 37 points, so a win to end the season would be great considering the position we were in and a win would give us a bit of momentum going into next season as well. It’s tough because there is nothing to play for but we will treat it like every other game and hope to end the season on a high.”

With League One potentially being an all part time league including all four Angus clubs, McCallum is eager to help the Loons get into the top half of the league.

“It’s going to be a very interesting league next year, you could potentially have twelve derbies so it will be so competitive next season and it will be good for the supporters. Obviously four teams in the one league hasn’t happened for years so it will be interesting.”

“It might be an all part time league so the opportunity is there to maybe win the league but we want to get ourselves up in the top half and enjoy the derbies and occasions.”

McCallum signed a deal until 2020 in October last year and he reckons it was a no brainer to extend his stay at his hometown club where he admits he is enjoying his football for the first time in a few years.

“When the gaffer asked the question, I spoke to my family and that, it’s the first time I’ve actually enjoyed my football for years. I thought why do a lot of players move and bounce around clubs and I don’t want to be like that just now.”

“They offered me a long term deal back in October and that doesn’t happen very often at part time level. When you know a club and a manager want you, you take it with both hands and it’s made me settle down, enjoy my football and concentrate on my job.”

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