Lowland League: John Dunn speaks on Edinburgh City exit and why he's so happy to be at Civil Service Strollers

Midfielder was last player from 2016 team to depart Citizens

Friday, 13th December 2019, 6:00 am
John Dunn is already enjoying life at his new home with Edinburgh City. Pic: SNS

John Dunn was the final piece of furniture from Edinburgh City’s SPFL promotion-winning squad of 2016.

And, as difficult as it was to accept his time at the club was drawing to a close, he believes he has found the perfect fit at Civil Service Strollers.

Having teamed up again with the manager who guided the Citizens into Ladbrokes League Two in Gary Jardine, Dunn believes he can make an impact in Scottish football’s fifth tier.

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“I had a few options, to be honest, but I’ve got a loyalty to Gary from my time at City and Civil seemed the perfect fit,” said Dunn ahead of Saturday's trip to East Peffermill to face Edinburgh University.

“Guys like Mark McConnell and Ross Guthrie are there too, so the changing room has a familiar look to it.

“I had a lot of good times at Edinburgh City, but it got to the stage where I decided I needed to be playing more.

“I have a good relationship with James (McDonaugh) and we’ve always been able to speak about a number of things, so I just explained to him that I felt I needed to play more. We looked at loan options, but decided in the end it was probably best I left.”

Dunn – who missed the entire campaign last season through injury – has already netted for his new club in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Cumbernauld Colts and says he feels more at home in his accustomed midfield position.

“It’s brilliant to be back playing again,” the 32-year-old said. “I’ve been fit since the beginning of the season but it has been a long slog doing all the rehab. It’s proving to be a good move so far.

“I’d almost forgotten what it felt like to score so it was nice. It’s great to be playing in midfield too. It was just disappointing we didn’t get the result last week.

“I fully expect it to be a tough game tomorrow. Edinburgh Uni are always a young, fit side and generally have some real quality, so I don’t expect it to be any different.”