Having endured frustrating spells in the lower leagues of the SPFL in recent seasons, striker Lewis Coult is back to where it all began for him in the Juniors with new club Newtongrange Star.
Coult earned his move to First Division Cowdenbeath in 2011 after a fruitful spell with Premier League outfit Arniston Rangers where he hit double figures and caught the attention of Blue Brazil manager Jimmy Nicholl.
His form in front of goal helped Cowden to the Second Division title after their relegation from the second tier, but after unsuccessful stints at Airdrie and Stirling Albion, he rcame close to quitting the game altogether.
Now he is focused on getting back amongst the goals, after signing a one-year deal with Star and isn’t setting his sights on a move back to the Senior ranks just yet. “I just wanted to take a step back and enjoy my football again, because for the last couple of years I’ve not enjoyed playing at all and I had a long and hard think about whether I wanted to do it anymore,” said the 27-year-old.
“I’m here to prove a point that I can still do it and I just want to play with a smile on my face again. My whole game comes together when I’ve got a smile on my face and I’m happy, when I’m not miserable and when I’m playing every week – it brings the best out in me like most football players.
“I’m not even looking at going back up just now, I just want to play football and enjoy it. If the chance comes to go back to Senior then we’ll sit down at the end of the season and think about.”
The tall frontman joined League Two Arbroath in the summer, but cut his stay with short after realising his chances were going to limited – the Edinburgh boy having made just one league appearance against Elgin, along with two League Cup appearances against Dunfermiline and boyhood club Hearts.
He’s set to make his Star debut in tomorrow’s trip to Bathgate Thistle in the first round of the East of Scotland Cup and is eager to help his new club get back on the winning trail after a disappointing start to the season with just six points taken from their opening six Super League games.
He could line-up alongside striker Kris Renton who is back in contention to start for Alan Miller’s men after missing the last four games through suspension.
Coult added: “The game tomorrow is a great chance for us to prove a few doubters wrong. We’ll go there full of confidence.”
Elsewhere, in the East of Scotland Cup, Robbie Horn takes his Bonnyrigg Rose side to Perthshire outfit Scone Thistle, while Linlithgow Rose look to get their first home win of the season against Crossgates Primrose. Junior new boys Easthouses Lily will be given a stern test of their credentials with a trip to Premier League Armadale while Tranent entertain East Craigie.