Keeper Rohan grabs full-time deal
25th April 2016
Airdrieonians' hot property goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson has signed a two-year full-time contract extension that will keep him with the Club until May 2018.
The 18-year-old Diamonds’ no.1 shot to prominence this season when he came in for the suspended Neil Parry and was awarded Man of the Match in the narrow 0-1 Scottish Cup defeat from Premiership Dundee United.
Rohan was the subject of two transfer bids from the Tannadice club which were rejected and is now delighted to be part of Airdrieonians’ exciting new full-time future at our Ravenscraig training base.
He told airdriefc.com: “I’m thrilled, full-time football is all I have ever wanted and to get it at Airdrieonians where I have been raised as a player makes it extra-special.
“I feel I showed in the Dundee United match that I can handle playing at this level and when you get a taste of that you just want more.
“The Club has a huge game at Ayr United on Saturday and we are all focussed on that but I’d be lying if I didn’t say my mind wanders to June 6 when we start full-time training at Ravenscraig.
“I can’t wait to get started, this is a great football club and I love being here so to get the deal sorted out is great.”
The Club’s bold move to full-time football was always going to mean difficulties for some players who have established jobs outside of the game being able to make the switch.
That is the case with Players’ Player of the Year Neil Parry who at 30 has a career with the tax office and a young family.
Neil has been magnificent this season and a huge help in the development of Rohan who he rates very highly.
He will move on from the Club this summer with the best wishes of everyone at the Diamonds having established himself in our eyes as League One’s top goalkeeper this season.
Now Rohan has his target, work hard to emulate the class and consistency levels of the man he will take over from.
And he said: “I was disappointed when I had to drop back out of the team when Neil came back from suspension earlier in the season but there were never any hard feelings.
“I love watching the big man play and I have learned so much from him on the training field. He is an absolute gentleman.
“Now I am just thrilled about the chance of full-time football. It’s great that the gaffer is battling back from his illness and we were all delighted that he was at the game to see us win 3-0 against Dunfermline on Saturday.
“I know Eddie’s character and the standards he sets, he will drive me on when he comes back. My targets are to work as hard as I can under him to play as many first-team games as possible.”
Rohan becomes the first Academy graduate from the current crop of future Diamonds to sign his full-time terms and he was keen to give a vote of thanks to everyone who has helped him on his journey.
He said: “I owe Liam Baillie Snr for bringing me to Airdrie in the first place and fetching me back and forth from Bathgate so many times.
“I have also had great guidance and a first-rate football education at this Club right from my Academy days under George Hammill.
“Tony Bullock and Stevie Findlay carried that on and I will always owe a debt to Gary Bollan and his coaching team for the support they gave me.
“The keepers’ coach then, Stuart Garden who is now at Dundee United, was a massive influence on me and I will always be thankful for the work he did with me.
“Then this season I have had the current gaffer Eddie Wolecki Black who I know believes in me to build moves from the back and the goalie coach Lindsay Hamilton has been a great support.
“Our Acting Head Coach Danny Lennon has taken over from Liam running me back and forth from training and I have had some terrific insights from him.
“It’s great we got someone that lives in Bathgate!
“Seriously, it’s now my job to repay their faith in me and that’s what I intend to do.”