IF you were to cut Brian Morgan open, there’s no doubting what colour he would bleed. Red. Not just any red, but the scarlet of Sauchie Juniors. 

It’s little wonder, then, the former club captain needed little pushing when offered the chance to return to a team so close to heart and see out the finer years of his career. 

On Monday, the 31-year-old put pen to paper on a deal that brought him back to Beechwood Park following a two-year hiatus at Bo’ness United, where he helped the side on their way to last season’s Premier Division title. 

For all the success and the chance to test himself in the Lowland League, Morgan knew there was only one place he wanted to be playing his football this season. 

“It’s a club that is close to my heart,” Morgan told Advertiser Sport. “Having spent eight and a half years there previously it means so much to me.

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser: SCREAMER: Brian Morgan after his peach of a strike against Camelon. Picture by Jan van der Merwe

“Sauchie is a family club. When you go there, it’s not just the manager or the team, all the fans and the committee treat you so well. It’s really close-knit and that’s really important. 

“It felt like a better fit for me and the older I was getting I was wanting to go back and end my career there. 

“I want to pass onto guys just how good a club Sauchie is. There are other clubs round about there and you don’t get as well looked after. 

“A lot of people chase the money but you get the best out of yourself when you are happy and I am happy at Sauchie.” 

League titles, cups, and relegations; it’s safe to say Morgan saw it all during his time in Clacks. 

A Sauchie boy born and bred, it’s a club which has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. 

That said, the former Tullibody AFC player can already see how the Reds have changed since making the switch to the Senior game in 2018. 

“There are so many massive changes from when I was there and it’s only been two years,” he said. “Even the changes around the club like the changing room and the pitch, which is a lot better than it was when I was there. 

“It’s like a whole new team as well and there are maybe only a couple of boys who were there before. It’s like going to a new team although I spent so much of my life there. 

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser: Sauchie skipper Brian Morgan in action. Photo: Jan Van Der Merwe

“It’s a club that is going in the right direction. It’s the way forward and everyone is on the same level. 

“For clubs to keep going, they have to follow the trend to try to get into the Senior leagues.” 

What then will he bring to the team? He hopes his two years away will stand him in good stead for helping Sauchie take the next step. 

“We didn’t have a really young team at Bo’ness,” he said. “It was very experienced and the boys knew how to win games. That’s something I want to bring back to Sauchie.

“I want to go back and do things right. 

“I was the captain and I had a high standard of how I carried myself. I learned to deal with situations maybe a wee bit better when I was away and think I have progressed as a player.

“Maybe not in how I play but in how to manage my emotions and how I can go about helping people. 

“Near the end of my time at Sauchie I was doing too much because we weren’t doing so well. 

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser: Morgan enjoyed eight and a half fruitful years in Clacks Morgan enjoyed eight and a half fruitful years in Clacks

“I was going away from what I should have been doing and it was taking away from the team. 

“The most important thing is for me to understand what I have to do and then collectively it will come together. 

“You’ve got to trust other boys to do their own jobs.”