NEW SIGNING Beau Busch is eager to get the new campaign underway in what will be his first season playing outside of his native Australia.
The 27 year-old defender signed for the Lichties in June having previously worked with assistant manager Stewart Petrie at North Queensland Fury.
When he signed, manager Paul Sheerin was delighted to get Busch on board describing him as an ambitious player. And the former journalist is looking to make a big impact as the campaign kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) with a Challenge Cup tie against Dundee at Gayfield.
He said: “All I want to do this season is enjoy playing again, especially now I have the stability of a contract.
“What I have to do is keep up the consistency, find my way then hopefully we will win a good few matches.”
Beau trained with Mr Sheerin and his team at the turn of the year and he had prompted interest with Ross County.
But after a change of management at Victoria Park, a deal wasn’t forthcoming and now he has opted to join Arbroath.
And despite only playing in a handful of pre-season warm up games, Beau has noticed a marked difference from the way the game is played Down Under.
He added: “Back home I was full-time so going part-time is different for me and the game is a lot quicker over here.
“You can’t play with the same intensity in Australia with the heat as it would be too much.
“I’m really looking forward to the experience as football is so much bigger over here.”
Beau’s footballing career has taken him to several clubs in Australia including North Queensland Fury and Sydney FC.
He combined his playing with a journalism career, which he has now left in order to pursue a full-time contract.
He explained: “Long term hopefully I can get a full-time contract somewhere but at the moment I just want to enjoy playing for Arbroath and carry on their success from last season.”
After arriving in the UK in June, Beau stayed with the assistant boss Stewart Petrie for a couple of weeks but has now moved into his own flat with his English wife.
And now he is an Arbroath player, he knows there is something he will have to do sooner or later.
He joked: “No I haven’t tried an Arbroath Smokie yet but it is definitely something I will be doing!”