Tranent goalkeeper Ally Adams has vowed to knuckle down and concentrate purely on football after a sour ending to his time with Linlithgow Rose.
Adams was transfer-listed by the Prestonfield club less than 12 months after joining from Musselburgh Athletic in a move which he hoped would serve as a springboard to senior football.
The 24-year-old was a key figure as Rose made it all the way to the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup last season, but he lost the No.1 jersey towards the end of the campaign.
After Rose boss David McGlynn brought in experienced keeper Richard Bernard in pre-season, Adams knew his chances would be limited, so he was delighted to secure a move to the Belters last week.
“David McGlynn brought in a new goalie and made him captain,” said Adams. “They told me I’d have a fair chance to get a game, but the way I saw it was if they were going to bring in an experienced goalie and make him captain from the start, that was essentially saying to me I’m not going to get a game.
“I’m at an age where I need to be playing, I think I’m too good to be sitting on a bench. Everyone is tarring me with a bad brush in the situation, but I made it clear I’d be happy to stay if I was given a chance. Out of the five pre-season games I only played one and I didn’t think I was getting a fair chance.
“There was no respect for me at all – half the committee didn’t even know my name. I was coming off the pitch at the end of games and they were saying, ‘Well done Andy’. I was part of the team that got that club to their biggest game in their history and they didn’t even know my name.
“I was hearing shouts from my own committee and fans during games, it was demoralising – I didn’t want to be there, I felt that from an early time there.
“I got abuse from behind the goals at the Bonnyrigg home game saying I should have got to it when we conceded, so I just took the ball out the net and half-volleyed it over at them. I shouldn’t have done that, it was unprofessional and I’ve learnt from that and it can’t happen again.”
Adams enjoyed a dream debut for the Foresters Park outfit in their East of Scotland Cup first round tie at Fauldhouse United last Saturday – scoring and saving two penalties as Tranent went through 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
He continued: “I’m good at penalty shootouts – I’ve never really lost one and I was confident. I just said to the gaffer ‘let me take the first one’, he was obviously a bit hesitant but I guaranteed him I would score.
“I’m confident with my feet, I’m always hitting balls and taking penalties before and after training – I was confident I wasn’t going to miss from 12 yards.”
Adams added: “I’m not guaranteed to play at Tranent. I’ll need to prove myself to get a game. I’ve not moved to get guaranteed football, I just want a chance, and I didn’t feel I would get a chance at Linlithgow.
“I wanted to make sure that my next move was somewhere where my sole focus was football. I’m just here to play football, win trophies and prove what I can do.”