Joe Mbu joins Scot Buist in the Warriors defence

Stenhousemuir v Brechin'Pic by Alan Murray  02-03-2013
Stenhousemuir v Brechin'Pic by Alan Murray 02-03-2013

Warriors fans were surprised when the teams were announced prior to Saturday’s match with Brechin. Cowdenbeath centre half Joe Mbu was included in the starting line-up and the former Armadale Thistle and Whitburn Junior admitted it had all come out of the blue for him too.

“It all happened very quickly with a phone call yesterday (Friday)and it was all done and dusted without any problems,” he told Heraldsport, “I really enjoyed the game and I thought we did well enough, but sometimes decisions don’t go your way and things happen. We definitely could have avoided the goals we conceded after going 3–1 up.

“I’m here on a 30-day emergency loan, but hopefully it will get extended to the end of the season and I can try to help the team into the play-offs. I don’t know what is happening at Cowdenbeath, but I would like to stay here until the end of the season and look at my options then.”

The Ochilview squad will not be short on money making advice in the coming weeks, “I work in the City in Edinburgh with an investment company called Bailey Gifford and I enjoy it,” he continued, I live there so Ochilview is handy for travelling to and I also know a lot of the guys here.

“I knew Kevin McGoldrick the assistant manager and I’ve played with big John Gemmell. I also know most of the squad by playing against them so it was an easy decision to make.

“I have had five good years with Cowdenbeath and although we suffered relegation during that period I also won the championship with them and I hope I can bring that experience to Stenhousemuir.”

Born in Cameroon, the 31-year-old added: “I came to Scotland when I was seven, I’ve just turned 31 and I think I have still a good few years left in me and I am looking forward to playing with the Warriors.

Manager Martyn Corrigan is delighted with his acquisition and after watching the centre back impress on his debut he told Heraldsport, “Ross McMillan is out for around a month so I was delighted to be able to get Joe on an emergency loan. “He is a very good player as he proved against Brechin and brings loads of experience to the club.

“With Ross out we have really been fortunate that he was available and I am looking forward to his partnership with Scot Buist in the middle of our defence.”