NEW recruit David Grant revealed Sauchie had to beat several other clubs to secure his signature.

The striker was the top goalscorer in the Lowland League for East Stirling but has now returned to the Junior ranks after a spell working in Canada.

And he is hopeful that his scoring touch can help his new team climb the Super League table.

Grant told Advertiser Sport: "I had a few clubs interested in me when I came back from Canada but Fraser, Adrian and Dougie really went out of their way to get me to come to the club.

"I'm glad they did and I'm really pleased to have signed.

"I ended up as the top scorer in the Lowland League last season so I'm definitely looking to carry that form on now that I'm at Sauchie.

"I know the team has struggled to score goals at times this season so hopefully I'll be able to rediscover my scoring form."

Grant ironically made his debut against his former side Camelon as Sauchie progressed in the Scottish Cup, and admitted the victory tasted sweet.

He said: "In the first half I thought we struggled a bit with the way Camelon played but in the second half we blew them away.

"We wanted it more and by the end we could have had five or six. We had a lot of chances towards the end.

"Camelon are a good team but we got the job done. In a derby game it's always good to beat your rivals so it was really enjoyable for all the boys."

Grant has been so impressed with his new team-mates that he feels they could match last season's achievement of reaching the quarter-finals, and he is confident of overcoming Bellshill Athletic in the fourth round.

He added: "I'd be lying if I said I know a lot about Bellshill. We'd have preferred a home tie but it's probably one of the more favourable draws, without being disrespectful.

"We could have ended up with Auchinleck Talbot or another one of the big teams so I think we'll go into it confident of getting through it.

"It's always your aim to be in the cup after Christmas. A run like that can carry you a long way and improve your league form as well.

"Anything can happen in the cup, and a few of the big teams are out already. We'll just take each game as it comes and see how far we can go.

"The boys will definitely be hoping to go one better than last season. There are a lot of good players at the club so I think we can match up to anyone in a one-off game."