Brown Ferguson has revealed that the chance to work as Scott Booth’s assistant was too good to miss - even if it meant swapping his boots for a tracksuit.
The Stenhousemuir midfielder has called time on his playing career after making 64 appearances in a maroon shirt over the last three seasons so he can focus his attentions on coaching.
The 33-year-old first stepped into the Ochilview dugout in January on an interim basis after Martyn Corrigan departed the club.
And former Scotland internationalist Booth was keen to keep Ferugson part of the Warriors coaching set-up following his appointment in February.
“My decision to stop playing stems from two reasons,” he said. “I’ve been having issues with my knees for a couple of years, and I was no longer able to train at the level that I was used to. Secondly, when the offer came to get on board with training I felt if I was going to do it properly I could no longer continue playing.
“Scott has been fantastic since he joined the club. He’s a very technical coach, played the game at the highest level and has a wealth of knowledge he can pass on to the players.”
Ferguson said he had thoroughly enjoyed his three years as a Warriors player after being signed by Davie Irons from Alloa, and claims there has been a steady progression on and off the park at Ochilview in that time.
“The expectation levels at the club have been raised, definitely, and that’s a good thing,” he added. “The highlight of my time was definitely beating Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in 2012. Beating the cup holders on their own patch was extraordinary. I guess the low point would be not securing a play-off place, but we’ll be looking to make up for that this season.”
Ferguson, of course, has strong links to another of the Falkirk district’s senior clubs. He made his debut for East Stirlingshire aged 17, while still a pupil at Graeme High School, and would go on to play 85 times for the side.
“For a number of reasons, I still keep up to date with the Shire,” he said. “My wife’s family are Shire fans, and my sister Rachel is married to (former Shire captain) Scott Walker.
“As a club they gave me a lot. I went from playing for ICI boys club to playing first team football at the Shire and captaining Scotland schoolboys in the space of a year.”