Ousman See has hit the ground running at the start of his Edinburgh City career and the striker is quick to acknowledge the benefit of a year at Selkirk playing alongside former Hibs and Scotland striker Garry O’Connor.
A five-game trial period saw the 21-year-old net three times for his new club, while he marked his permanent signing with the opening goal in last Saturday’s 5-2 home win over Dalbeattie Star.
See finished as the 2013/14 East of Scotland Premier Division top scorer for Tynecastle before a move to Selkirk. He netted six times for the Souters last term, and admitted that a year under his belt in the Lowland League will stand him in good stead. Playing alongside O’Connor didn’t do him any harm either. “I’m always looking to make a step up bit I’d definitely say a year at Selkirk helped,” he explained. “I got more experience playing for the first team and in the Lowland League. I know Edinburgh City is a step up again – they’re the league champions so it’s different to be getting a game here. Garry definitely helped me a lot. He was a good help to a lot of the younger players and worked a lot with us. I really enjoyed working with Garry – he’s a good guy.”
While See’s fellow strikers at Meadowbank may not be of the same pedigree as O’Connor, 65 goals in 26 league games in last season’s title win speaks for the quality City have going forward, and See revealed competition for places his fierce. “I’ve bene getting my game the last few weeks, but there’s healthy competition and it’s bringing the best out of us” he said. “Ross Allum’s come on the last few weeks and scored so he’s always there. At Tynecastle I played up front myself and obviously last season it was me and Garry O’Connor, but I don’t mind playing as a lone striker or in a pair. It’d be good to play up front with Ross but the last few games it’s been me myself. I don’t know if the manager’s going to change that depending on who we’re playing against but I’m confident on my own.
“There’s quality all through the team and it’s a joy playing with these players. Hopefully I keep performing well and keep fit. Scoring’s always good but three points are the most important. Hopefully I can keep the goals coming and help getting the three points. “
Despite still negotiating with See’s former club over compensation, manager Gary Jardine eventually got his man’s signature. Although it required patience, the front man was sure the move would go through.
“I was always quite confident that it was going to happen” said See. “When I first started playing and training with them, Gary had always said that he wanted me, even from last season. I’ve known Gary for a while as I was at Edinburgh City when I was younger so I’ve always been in contact with him really. I kind of went to him about the possibility of coming in. I’m happy it’s happened.”
Tomorrow’s Edinburgh derby has third travelling to first in the Lowland League, and See admitted such occasions were part of the draw in signing on at City. “These are the games that you want to be involved in. They’re much tougher but I know we can compete against these teams so it’s exciting. We know Spartans will be tough but if we play the way I know we can we should take the points.”