It’s unbelievable - new boy Hester hails incredible Red Lichties bow

Kane Hester prepares to shoot and score his debut goal. Photo - Graham H Black.
Kane Hester prepares to shoot and score his debut goal. Photo - Graham H Black.

Kane Hester spent 86 minutes of Tuesday’s game with Dundee United dreaming about making the perfect debut for Arbroath.

He spent the other four minutes living that dream.

I sat on the bench thinking what I could do and everything I was thinking about doing actually happened.

Kane Hester

The 19-year-old scored with his first touch in senior football just 60 seconds after coming on in place of Bobby Linn.

Hester’s goal made it 2-0 to the Lichties and it was a deserved margin of victory for Todd Lumsden’s side as they dominated a young United outfit at Gayfield to progress in the Forfarshire Cup.

Kane couldn’t believe how well his debut had gone.

He said: “It’s unbelievable. I can’t even explain it.

“I sat on the bench thinking what I could do and everything I was thinking about doing actually happened.”

The Montrose lad signed for Arbroath on Saturday after impressing in pre-season training, to which he’d been invited after scoring a tremendous 27 goals for Arbroath Vics.

Hester admitted it was a bit surreal to have been invited along to train with the club, let alone win a deal.

Kane continued: “I wouldn’t have even thought of coming here. I came in for pre-season and signed up on Saturday.

“When Todd got in touch with the Vics I was just buzzing. I worked hard from the beginning of pre-season and got my contract.”

The youngster will be vying for a place up front this season against experienced duo Lewis Coult and Martin Grehan.

Hester vowed to keep the pressure on that pair in the race for a starting jersey and said the only way he’s going to do that is by scoring plenty of goals.

He added that with the kind of creative players in the squad - Bobby Linn, David Gold and Jamie Reid - he is absolutely relishing the chance to score as many goals as he can for his new club.

Kane said: “I’m going to be challenging for a spot up front, I’ll challenge them.

“It’s just going to take goals to get past them.

“I’m relishing the creative players here, it’s going to help me thrive.”