Grant Evans interview
23rd December 2012
WHY DID YOU SIGN FOR AIRDRIE?
When the gaffer phoned me he explained the mentality of the club and how it works: they like to bring players in and, if they can move them on or get them back into full-time football if possible. The gaffer persuaded me, he seemed like a nice guy and very honest and it seemed like a good wee club to be a part of. I’ve made the right decision.
DO YOU FEEL YOU’VE SETTLED IN WELL ENOUGH?
All the boys are great, I’ve settled in really well. The injury hampered me, because I hadn’t really been injured before and then in my third session I slipped in the ash doing running and tore my thigh. I came back and tore it again, because I came back too early. That hampered me settling in football-wise but apart from that I’ve been getting on really well with the boys.
OFF THE PARK, WAS IT HELPFUL KNOWING PAUL DI GIACOMO FROM YOUR MORTON DAYS?
Yeah, definitely! I know Jacko from there so that helped. I think it’s quite a young squad with a lot of young boys so you just get talking. Sometimes it can be quite intimidating going into a dressing room but it didn’t happen here at Airdrie.
FIRST GAME FOR US WAS AGAINST YOUR FIRST CLUB HAMILTON. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?
It was kind of weird because I had just came back from injury and hadn’t even had a training session yet; the physio said my thigh healed, so I came back. And I was playing right mid, so as a defender it felt kind of weird again. It didn’t bother me playing against my former club, but playing right-mid was a bit alien.
DOES VERSATILITY TAKE GETTING USED TO?
A wee bit, I’ve been kind of used to it all my life really. When I was younger, even playing at Hamilton, I played right-forward quite a few times; and centre mid/right back/left back etc. You’ve obviously got your preferred position but it’s always good to be a wee bit versatile and good to appeal to managers if you can play in a few positions.
WOULD YOU SAY RIGHT BACK IS YOUR PREFERRED POSITION?
Not really, I’d maybe say centre-half. I’ve played right-back the past couple of seasons but before that I’ve been a centre-half. Right back is just as familiar to me now though.
WITH MICHAEL HART HAVING LEFT THE CLUB, DO YOU EXPECT TO GET MORE GAME TIME?
In that position now, even though I’ve played the last few games, we’ve got a couple of players for there. Right now the manager has said it’s mine but young Chris O’Neil is coming through and he’s a cracking wee player. If I have a bad couple of games I know the manager will take me out and put him in so it’s up to me to perform and keep it. I don’t think in any way, shape or form that that position is mine because there’s a few people who can play there. The manager has shown that no player is exempt from getting dropped at all.
Interview by Douglas Barrie.