Paul Tansey aims to shoot Dalkeith up to Super League

Paul Tansey

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Paul Tansey is revelling in a new striker’s role as he bids to get Dalkeith Thistle promoted to the Super League for the first time.

The Jags are targeting a third-place finish in the Premier League to secure a play-off tie against the side second bottom of the Super League.

Tansey, 30, who usually plays as an attacking midfielder or out wide, has netted three goals in four games as a striker since he joined Thistle in March – the club becoming his fourth of the season as he’s played in all three tiers of the East region set-up this campaign.

He began the season with Newtongrange Star in the Super League but injury trouble ruled him out at the start, before time on loan at Haddington Athletic as he helped them to cement themselves at the top of the South Division table. Tansey went back to Nitten in January, before he joined Lowland League outfit Selkirk on a permanent deal, but that move didn’t work out at all and he paid half his transfer fee to move to King’s Park.

“It sounded good at the time, with the club moving forward and the players they’ve got there, but as soon as I got there everything turned sour,” said Tansey on the move to Selkirk. “Nobody was turning up to training – at times there was just six or seven of us.

“I only played about five games and I was that desperate to get away because things were that bad that I phoned Haynesy [Kevin Haynes, Dalkeith coach] and Willie Pearson [Dalkeith manager] and said I’d pay half of my own transfer fee to move.

“I’m happy where I am now, it is like night and day and I’m helping to try and push Dalkeith up to the Super League.”

The Jags have won their last three league matches and can secure third spot with a further three victories from their remaining fixtures, starting tomorrow at Bathgate Thistle, before they take on Arniston Rangers and Dundonald Bluebell on their own park.

He added: “What you will get is 90 minutes of graft from everybody, there is a great team spirit about us. We try to play good football, but if it comes to it we will hoof it up the park if that’s what is needed to get the three points – it doesn’t matter how you win.”