Broughty Athletic are three days away from kicking off their new Premiership North 2020/21 season away to Downfield this Saturday and Fed striker Josh Skelly took time out for a chat with our media team to see what has been happening recently during pre-season and what to expect when the season starts. Read what Josh had to say below…

The new season starts Saturday Josh, how are you yourself and the lads feeling about it starting?

Yeah, it’s been a long wait but thankfully it’s almost time to start the competitive games. Myself and the boys are all looking forward to getting going, as I said it has been a while. We have had more than enough time and games to be prepared for it to start this Saturday at Downfield. As a club, we are all wanting to do well and win as many trophies as we can, but I’m sure that’s the aim for every other team in the league. We have to take each game as it comes and see where and what happens come the end of the season.

It’s been a tough year with the current Covid-19 pandemic going on, how have you personally and the players found it during these times?

Personally, I have found it difficult at times with the majority of things being shut and having a one and a half-year-old child that’s not the easiest, but on the flip side, we made the most of the time we had as a family and got to see him reach milestones that we might not have seen in normal circumstances. In terms of the football side of things, the boys found it difficult as you miss out on the banter and everything that comes with it, but we have been back a while now training together so let’s hope all stays good and we can look forward to a successful season together.

Did you ever think you could go for several months or even longer without playing football, barring being injured?

Most definitely not haha, being injured is bad enough but when your fit and it’s shut down for something out of our control and we probably won’t ever experience it again it’s tough on you mentally, and even tougher trying to keep yourself physically fit. I have seen myself kicking the wee man’s Peppa Pig ball about the living room and going in for 50/50s with him, haha.

A few extra local teams are now in the league this year following the reconstruction, how do you think Broughty will do this season ahead?

Yeah, it’s a bigger league, and as you say more local teams, as a club our ambition is to do as well as we possibly can and see where that ends up taking us at the end of the season. There will be games we will have to grind out a result to get points but we know every game will be competitive and we have to be up for every game starting at Downfield on Saturday. We will take each game as it comes.

Unfortunately, no supporters are allowed to attend games until further notice, although some will look through fences at certain grounds that they can, how will you and the boys find that?

The no supporters is a shame as it’s mostly the boys’ families and friends who come to watch Junior games, it gets them out of the house for a few hours and gets their football fix. However, as you say some will still find a way.. (the McNaughton’s) who are supporter legends. As long as everyone is safe that’s all the matters. In terms of the playing side when you are playing you don’t really feel the difference as you are more concentrated on the game I find, but others might be different within our squad of boys. Hopefully, the crowds can get back sooner rather than later when the time is ready as it helps the boys and the club to be as successful as we can be this season…

Everyone at the BAJFC Media team wishes the players and management all the absolute very best for this season ahead… #MONTHEFED