SAUCHIE skipper Brian Morgan says winning promotion as captain is one of the proudest moments of his time at the club.
Morgan, who is in his eighth year at Beechwood Park, has experienced the disappointment of spending a large chunk of the campaign out injured, but revealed he is relieved to be back in time for the end of the season.
And now he wants to help fire his side to the title in their final two games after they clinched their place in the Super League by thrashing Arniston Rangers 6-0.
Morgan told Advertiser Sport: “I’ve been at Sauchie eight years now and this is definitely one of the high points. On a personal note, it’s been a bit frustrating because of injuries and things like that but for the team as a whole, it’s been great. I’m glad I’ve been able to come back in in time for us to lift the trophy, because it will be my first trophy since becoming captain, and that will be a special moment.
“Our main aim at the start of the season was to go out and bounce straight back into the Super League, and now we have done that, we want to go and win the title. It’s in our hands – to lose it we’d have to get beaten 10-0 in our last two games.”
Morgan was part of the side which was relegated last season, and although he admitted the experience was bitterly disappointing, he reckons Sauchie are in a far better position now to make an impression in the top division.
He said: “At the end of last season we had five or six weeks between our last league game and the playoffs. A lot of players left or were away on holiday so we were scrambling around trying to get players in so we had a team for the playoff. This year, we were a lot more organised and to be honest, I think we have a better squad than we did last season.
“Last year was obviously very hard to take but it was a learning curve. We were going for more goals when we were 1-0 up, leaving ourselves open and ending up drawing, whereas now we have learned how to see games out. We will take that lesson into next season and hopefully it will serve us well.”
Morgan is determined to help the Wee County side to the East Premier title, and says he is hoping some of Sauchie’s squad players will get some game time in the final two matches so that they feel part of the celebrations.
He added: “We know what Dundee are like having only just played them. Without being disrespectful, we should beat them again, so hopefully we can do that and clinch the title the way we want to. Some of the boys who haven’t been playing as much might get a run out in the last couple of games, because we want everyone to feel involved. It has been a team effort this season and hopefully all the boys feel that.”