From the April edition of The Albion magazine
It’s often in adversity that we learn most. We learn things that can benefit us in the future. We learn about ourselves and who we really are. We also learn about those around us. We find out really and truly who is on our side and who isn’t.
Now, given the choice, we would obviously not have gone through the experience we did against East Fife here at Forthbank but it has nevertheless provided us with some vital points to learn from.
That performance and result, I’m glad to say, was not typical of the current team. I’m also delighted to say that we have responded in the correct manner by beating East Stirlingshire with a thoroughly professional performance and picking up a decent point at Hampden.
It is our single focus now to sustain and, wherever possible, improve upon those showings so that we finish the season on as high as possible a note, regardless of our finishing position. We would obviously need to win all four remaining games and rely on the teams above us dropping points for us to sneak into the play-offs but we will give it everything we have.
In squad-related news we have decided to part company with three players in recent weeks. Salim Kouider-Aissa hasn’t been able to really grasp the opportunity afforded to him this season and so he has moved on. Willie Robertson and Mark Lamont have also been released from their contracts.
Whilst this was not my originally intended outcome, with both having been offered new contracts some time ago, it became clear that neither was of a mind to fully commit to Stirling Albion FC. Irrespective of anybody’s past contribution or ability, the minimum expectation we have of any player is that they are totally committed to the club and our quest to succeed.
We are fully focused on winning our final four league matches but are aware that even achieving that may not be enough for us to earn a place in the play-offs. With that in mind, my team selection over the next few weeks may present more opportunities to some of our emerging young players.
A healthy number of these have spent time on loan with Lowland League and Junior teams during the season in order to further develop their talent. I’m sure they will make the most of any opportunities that come their way and follow in the footsteps of their counterparts like Cammy Binnie, David Verlaque, Moses Olanrewaju, Scott Burns and Scott Davidson.
We are as upset as anybody with the predicament that we find ourselves in and we will do everything within our power to thoroughly review the season. From that point on, it will be about making whatever adjustments are required in order to place us in as strong as possible a position to succeed in season 2016/17.
Finally, I would just like to thank everybody who has supported the club over the duration of the season. You are the reason we are continuing to strive to take the club forward.