By KEVIN CRAIGENS
SEAN TAGGART wants to repay the faith Newmains have placed in him by leaving everything on the park – including himself.
Midfielder Taggart joined from Lanark after breaking his ankle last March. His efforts have been rewarded with appearances over the last few weeks, despite being sent off twice for second bookings.
Now he wants to see things out on the pitch and make the most of the opportunities given to him by co-managers Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell.
Taggart said: “The management are expecting me to give my all and give everything to the shirt and the club. They don’t want me to leave anything to chance.
“In my case they want me to screw the nut when it comes to being sent off. As the season goes on and my fitness picks up I will change as a player.
“I’m always quite wholehearted and I like a tackle. At the start I was half yard off the pace with my fitness, which will come. I’m just enjoying getting into the swing of things again after my injury and just getting my fitness back.
“In a few of the games we haven’t done ourselves any justice considering how we can actually play. We have a good bunch of boys, good management and a good atmosphere in the team so I’m really enjoying it.”
Taggart has been a utility man for teams in the past but believes he is more suited to the defensive dirty work, having seen his childhood role models earn every success doing the same.
He said: “I used to always play centre-half so I had a soft spot for Nemanja Vidic and I quite like John Terry. They were they type of player that I tried to model myself on when I was a bit younger.
“Last year when I was with Lanark I was being played out of position up front. Coming to Newmains has been excellent. The boys have been brilliant and that was a big part of coming here.
“I knew a few of them from playing at Lanark. The atmosphere with the boys is brilliant and it makes it that more enjoyable. Between now and the end of the season we need to put in the work-rate we know we can.
“We know we will not be challenging for the league title but we need to do ourselves justice, develop and finish on a high. We have the makings of a team and we fight for each other so hopefully the results should come off that.”