New Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren admits he is thrilled to be back at Forthbank – 16 years after leaving.
Stuart joined us from Wollongong Wolves in October 1996 and scored his first goal in a 3-1 win on a snow-covered pitch at Bayview on New Year’s Day 1997.
He netted a memorable equaliser at Brockville later that season and was part of the side that stunned Kilmarnock 6-2 in the League Cup in August 1997.
Stuart left Forthbank in 1998 and had spells with Hong Kong Rangers, Brisbane Strikers and Brisbane Roar before moving into coaching and management, most recently with Loughborough University.
The new boss, who was unveiled on Sunday and will meet the Binos squad for the first time on Tuesday night, said: “I had two seasons here and they were two of the most enjoyable of my career so I’m delighted to be back.
“All I wanted to do on the pitch was to give my best and it will be the same in the dug-out. Martyn Corrigan and I will be fully committed to the club and will be giving it everything we have.
“I was working in the professional game in Australia before I came back to the UK and it was a wonderful opportunity at Loughborough.
“I’ve really enjoyed the job, and it’s been great for my learning and development, but there was always that ambition to get back in the professional game.”