DEPARTING Arbroath player Josh Falkingham says he will always remember the club that gave him his first step on the football ladder, writes Jennifer Newton.
Last week, it was confirmed that the 21-year-old had signed a two-year deal with full-time club Dunfermline Athletic after the Pars had agreed compensation with the Lichties.
And even though Josh says he is looking forward to furthering his career, he contacted HeraldSport to pass on to everybody connected to the club about how he loved every single minute at Gayfield.
He said: “I just want to say that I loved my two years at Arbroath and the club was great to me so I will never forget them.
“I have always wanted to play at the highest level and Arbroath gave me my first step on the ladder so I will never forget that either.
“I have to say a big thank you to the staff, especially Paul Sheerin and Stewart Petrie, who have been brilliant and really helped me, and the board who have also supported me.
“I also want to say a massive thank you to the fans who welcomed me straight away and it’s a great feeling when they start singing your name as you really do hear it and it gives you a massive boost.”
Josh’s time at the club coincided with two of the most successful seasons in history including the championship winning campaign of 2010/11.
And he added three big memories stick out in his mind over the past two years.
He explained: “My debut at Elgin I will always remember as we really hit the ground running and getting two goals was a great feeling.
“Then winning the league against Montrose will always stick out as I had a minibus full of people up from Leeds and to get a league winning medal was just a great occasion.
“And then the Rangers cup game was great, even though the result was unfortunate. It was just a great sight to see Gayfield packed with 6,000 people.”
At Dunfermline, Josh hopes he can establish a place in the side and hopefully see the club back into the SPL.
But he added: “The Arbroath result on a Saturday will always be the one I look out for.”