Super sub Kane Hester keen to grab Lichties start

Photo by Graham Black
Photo by Graham Black

Kane Hester is loving life at Arbroath just now but says he’s desperate to make a start for the Red Lichties.

The young striker was involved off the bench again during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stirling Albion and had a great opportunity to score.

But Hester, formerly of Arbroath Vics, elected to pass to strike partner Greg Rutherford who was unfortunately in an offside position.

Kane admitted he should have been selfish in that instance and taken the shot on himself.

He said: “It was like my debut all over again, although I probably enjoyed it more.

“It would have been nice to get the one but on another day we would maybe have held on.

“I heard Greg shouting for the ball but I should have finished it myself.

“It’s one of those ones which could go either way.

“That would have been game over if it had counted but it’s just the way it works in this league.

“I thought he was onside but it is just our luck at the moment.

“It’s a shame it didn’t go for us because it would have settled the game and meant we climbed the league.

“I am playing every week now and I am enjoying it.

“I have been biding my time and working hard in training, and I have got to where I am and I am really enjoying it.

“Now I am just trying to get that start, but I am happy to contribute from the bench at the moment.”

It’s been a big turn in fortune for the Lichties as they look to move away from the bottom of League Two and edge into the promotion play-offs, with Saturday’s draw lifting them into fifth.

Hester praised the team’s hard work and the settled formation for the upturn in fortune.

He also said that the team spirit is a big factor - even if he does take some stick as the youngest in the dressing room.

Kane added: “We have climbed the league over the past few weeks and we are now looking at the playoffs.

“Compared to where we were a few weeks ago, we are flying.

“We were down there and it wasn’t looking great, but now things are looking a lot better. We will need to see what happens next week.

“We have managed to get the balance right.

“We have found a formation, stuck to it and worked on it and now we are getting the benefit from that.

“We are getting the results.

“There is great banter in the dressing room.

“There are a lot of older heads in there so as one of the younger ones, it is good to learn from them.

“They do wind me up but that’s just what you get as a young boy.

“Hopefully it will be somebody else’s turn soon.”