David Sinclair interview
17th September 2013
David a belated welcome to the Diamonds, a brief of your senior career shows you were at Livingston from 2006 to 2012 then Ayr United last season before joining Airdrieonians. Were you in the middle of the Livingston rollercoaster ride then?
I was there during that time. That was an unforgettable experience and not a nice time and I was only a young guy then. The uncertainty of administration and not knowing if you were getting paid contributed to a time that was not very nice. There was also the constant change of management. Then there was also the eventual relegation which wasn’t nice.
And so what do you see as the highlight at club level over a long career?
Although going down the divisions wasn’t nice, it provided the chance for young players to get first team experience and it was good to win a Third Division winner’s medal then a Second Division winner’s medal as the club went back up the leagues.
How did the Livingston experience end then?
As a footballer you appreciate football is a game of opinions. I had been at the club since I was 12 years old and after coming back from injury was given 3-4 weeks to prove myself, the way I got released was not nice, in fact although I have not heard anything from the club myself, it was in the local press that I had not been fairly treated.
And so on to Ayr United for a season, how was that, did you get the former players treatment from the home fans in the 2-2 draw a couple of weeks ago?
Mark Roberts took a chance with me, asked me to get more on the ball, to get into the box more and be a scoring threat. I did that and scored ten goals, so I had added that to my game. Then an injury restricted appearances and there were times I came back too early. Myself and two others actually went down to Birmingham for a trial and enjoyed what was a really good experience. I had done well but the manager did not speak to me at the end of the season but the good thing was it led to eventually joining Airdrieonians. Maybe a few fans gave me some stick at Ayr but that is normal really.
So how did the signing for Airdrieonians come about?
Through a contact I got in touch with the manager who invited me in for training and I assume he thought I did well enough that led me to signing.
How do you feel things have gone for you and the team since signing for the club, after the first three games as well?
We beat Hamilton then did well in the other two games. Although we have lost a few, we were competing with the opposition but not taking chances or missing penalties and effectively making things hard for ourselves. A good result will see the confidence return.
Any particular memories from games you would have played against Airdrieonians?
I remember scoring on my birthday 23rd July here, when we won 5-0 in a cup tie.
How do you see the league going this season?
Rangers will run away with it, but everyone will want to go up with them, battling for the other play-off spots and that has to be our target.
And finally, 1 goal this season, double figures last season – any target in mind?
I would like to repeat or better last season’s figure, that would be my goal.