Irvine Meadow ace Martin Findlay insists that the need to place you above the previous facet is nothing private to Darvel

Martin Findlay insists his desire to put one above Darvel’s former side this Saturday is nothing personal.

Irvine Meadow’s ace split from East Ayrshire’s ambitious outfit when manager Mick Kennedy took over the reins last July.

Both Findlay and Darvel have since made their own path to the highest level in the west.

And while the 24-year-old defender admits he is dying to win the league conflict between the two teams over the weekend, he insists that his only motivation is to bring Meadow to the table.

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“I don’t feel like I personally have to prove a point against Darvel that comes from a team perspective,” said Findlay.

“I enjoyed my time at Darvel, we won the Ayrshire District League title and had two seasons in the championship before Mick got in.

“He had his own ideas and wanted to bring in his own players. That happens sometimes in football and I have no problems with that at all.

Findlay won the Ayrshire District League title with Darvel

“I moved to Whitletts and really enjoyed my football there. Now I’m really excited to be with Meadow.

“This is my first real crack at this level and I’m really excited about the challenge.

“We know Darvel will be another test for us. They beat us 2-1 in the preseason but it was an end-to-end game and I think you can expect to see it again on Saturday.

“Both teams have top-class players and hope that we can build on the good start to the season.”

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Only Darvel’s superior goal difference separates the teams after four league games. Both teams have nine points in fourth and fifth place.

Findlay believes the Meadow squad has already developed a strong team spirit – despite a large number of newcomers in the summer.

He added: “We have a big squad but what impressed me is how close we are – especially for a relatively new group of players.

“The guys and management couldn’t have greeted me more warmly. It’s all about encouragement, and that includes the guys in the park, the managers at the touchling and the injured players in the stands.

“There is a real determination to perform well and that is what it takes to be successful in a club like Meadow. We can’t just be happy to finish midfield or avoid relegation. “

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