Stuart Malcolm headed a double in ‘Muir’s 5 – 1 against a young Hearts team at Ochilview on Monday night and revealed he was delighted to finally join his home town team.
The 35 year old has plied his trade in places as far apart as Plymouth and Ross County, but after joining the Warriors in the close season from Forfar he told Heraldsport, “I was brought up a 100 yards away in Rae Street and when the boss (Brown Ferguson) gave me the chance to come here it didn’t take much thinking about.
“Brown and I go back as far as Hutchie Vale when we were just fifteen and also spent some time at St Johnstone together, so when he asked if I fancied coming here I was delighted to accept.”
The big centre half has lived in Airth for the past dozen years and he went on, “I am a construction site inspector full time and wanted to eliminate the travelling at this time in my life and I will also help out with the 20s development team
“That’s the next stage in my career, but the main priority will be on the Park to try and help win as many games as possible this season.
“My main job is to stop the opposition scoring of course, but if I can get on the end of set pieces like tonight, I will be very happy.
“I played in this Division with Forfar last term and it was a league where everyone was capable of beating anybody on the day and I don’t see it being any different this season.
“It will another tight league and if I can help eliminate goals going in at our end, I will be delighted as it’s my main job, but set pieces are vital when teams are evenly matched and after only a couple of practice sessions it was great to see it work out tonight.
“To be honest, Alan Cook did all the work for my first, his delivery was superb and I just had to get my head on it.
“There was a bit more work to do at the second, but I fought for the ball and was delighted when it went in.”
It may have been a youthful Hearts team, but they are full time and the way the Warriors went about their business was impressive.
It took only three minutes for the home side to open the scoring, Allan Smith lashing into the net from close range after Colin McMenamin’s effort off another Cook centre fell to him, eight minutes later Malcolm headed powerfully into the net straight from Cook’s free-kick.
Two minutes later the pair combined again to put the Warriors three up and after Russell Mclean – a product of the Graeme High football school – finished well to reduce the deficit five minutes into the second half, McMenamin and trialist made it five on the hour and 74 minutes respectively.
Manager Ferguson is pleased with the progress his new team in making, “It’s all about the process at this stage,” he said, “Fitness, getting the players used to the principles we want to play with and giving players the chance to impress.
“Nevertheless, it was clear that we have improved since Saturday’s match against Livingston, but everything is preparation for the first serious match against the Shire and we are pleased with the way things are going.”