Gaffer pays tribute to Vanzy

14th February 2016

Airdrieonians Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black has paid tribute to David van Zanten after a knee injury forced his retirement from the game at the age of 33.

Vanzy was a popular and hugely respected figure in the Diamonds’ dressing-room this season but he was limited to just nine top team appearances after being signed by former boss Gary Bollan in the summer.

Now that his knee troubles have forced him to call it a day the Club has praised his contribution through what was a tough campaign for the former Celtic, St Mirren and Hibs right-back.

Eddie said: “One of the saddest things for me about the news with Vanzy is that I never got the chance to work with him at top team level.

“He has earned every shred of the respect he has throughout the game with his dedication and professionalism and he showed that in his time at Airdrieonians.

“David will always be welcomed back to the Diamonds whatever route he decides to take in the game now and I wish him well in all his endeavours.”

Van Zanten has previously shone in some stints as a media pundit and whether he decides to further that or look at coaching it is hoped he is not lost to the game.

Chief Executive Iain King said: “One way you can gauge the character of top team players is how they behave when they come down to play with the Under-20s.

“When David did that this season he was a huge help to our younger players and had the patience and class to coach them through the games on the field.

“It’s sad we never got more chances to see him in a Diamonds shirt and short-term it would be great to see him develop his media work because he brings clarity and wisdom to that role every time he does it.”

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