Petrie hails ‘fantastic day’

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AFTER clinching the title, gaffer Paul Sheerin paid tribute to his assistant, Stewart Petrie, who he says had shouldered a huge amount of the responsibility throughout the season, writes Brian Stormont.

And the former Dunfermline, Ross County and Forfar man was thrilled to have played a part in the historic success.

“It’s been a fantastic day. To win the title in our first season at the club, and the club’s first for 133 years, is amazing. It feels great to be a part of it,” he told the Herald.

“I was fortunate enough to win a couple of titles as a player with Dunfermline and Ross County, but this is equally as good. It’s important that you enjoy days like these cause they don’t come along all the time.

And the Lichties’ assistant boss paid tribute to the squad of players who made the day possible.

“It’s a good job and the players make it a good job. The quality that we have here it’s a pleasure getting out and working with them.”

It was a tip off from Forfar boss Dick Campbell, who knew Petrie well from his time at Dunfermline that led to Paul Sheerin bringing him in as his assistant, despite not knowing much about him.

He revealed: “Dick Campbell put a word in for me when I returned from Australia and it’s been great from day one.

“We work well together and it’s also a great club to be at. I’ve been at a few clubs, but the minute I walked in here I was always made to feel welcome.”

Things didn’t start so well, but that was understandable with so many new players brought in at Gayfield, but the assistant boss always believed things would turn around.

“We have a strong squad of players and we knew we had a strong pool. Our first goal was to get in to the play-offs, but after nine games we were not looking that great, but we kicked on after that and to be honest we couldn’t have really asked for any more from the players.”