Player of the Year nominee Bobby Linn says Lichties are on the up ahead of promotion play-offs

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  • Linn thrilled with Player of the Year nomination
  • Smokies star feels “humbled” by peer recognition
  • Forward joins 20-goal striker Simon Murray on list
  • Shane Sutherland and Paul Woods complete nominees
  • Bobby eyes play-offs as second chance

Arbroath forward Bobby Linn was over the moon to be one of two Arbroath players nominated for the SPFL League Two Player of the Year award.

Linn joins teammate Simon Murray on the four-man shortlist alongside Shane Sutherland of Elgin City and Paul Woods of Queen’s Park.

The Lichties star said he was humbled to be recognised by his peers for his performances this year.

He also praised youngster Murray whose whirlwind year shows no sign of slowing down.

He told the Herald: “I’m delighted obviously. We’ve done pretty well this season as a team, but it’s always nice to be to individually recognised, especially by your own peers. I’m humbled that they’ve chosen me.

“I’m delighted for Simon, it’s just going from strength to strength for him. He got his big move and now this. It’s just a learning curve for him.

Some boys are going to be leaving and going to bigger and better things, why not leave with a promotion behind you?

Bobby Linn

“I’ve been around the block a bit and I’ve been involved with nominations before, although I’ve never won it. So it would be nice to win it and of course, for both of us to be in for it from the same team is always nice as well.”

The side, now led by Todd Lumsden, were agonisingly close to their second league win of 2015 on Saturday but Queen’s Park split the points with an excruciatingly late equaliser.

And while Bobby admitted he was left deflated by that goal, he said the boys felt the game was a step in the right direction in terms of performance.

That point secured Arbroath’s place in the promotion play-offs and the team’s elder statesman believes it won’t be tough to energise the youthful Smokies squad ahead of those post-season fixtures, because the opportunity at a second chance at promotion is a massive incentive.

He continued: “It was a bit deflating to be honest but the way it’s been going, we saw it as a positive because it secured a play-off spot. The team looked more itself and we know now that we need to get our mindset right for the play-offs.

“For me as the most senior player of the team, I have to ask - can it get anywhere worse? One win in 2015? Of course it can’t get any worse than that. We’ve got a young team with a lot of young boys, we need to gee them up and let them know what’s at stake. Some boys are going to be leaving and going to bigger and better things, why not leave with a promotion behind you?

“That’s the incentive. Not many players can ever say they’ve been part of a promotion-winning team, so it shouldn’t take much to gee the boys up beyond that, that’s for sure.”