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400th career appearance for club captain Brian Easton

Accies captain and academy graduate Brian Easton has been selected to make his 400th career appearance this afternoon.

“Easty” recently signed a one-year contract extension with the club and is hoping for many more appearances for Accies.

Speaking ahead of our Scottish Cup clash with St Mirren, he said: “It feels like the time has gone very quickly since I made my debut here as a young kid. When you are younger you can hear about how quickly your career can go but it isn’t until you get to this stage that you realise it is right.

“I knew about 10 games ago it would be my 390th appearance Scott Struthers is fantastic for any stat. It definitely gives you a sense of pride to reach this milestone but for me, the goal now is to hit the next milestone and keep going.”

A previous Scottish Cup winner, Easton is desperate to do whatever he can to bring a trophy here to Hamilton.

He said: “To win the Scottish Cup was fantastic. Since that year, every cup competition I have played in I have had that belief that we can go and win it. To do that it is important to take each game as it comes.

“St Mirren are a very good side, we face them now and in the split, so it is important that we are at our very best if we are to keep our cup dream going.

“If I could pick one achievement for the rest of my career it would be to bring a trophy here. It isn’t something which you expect for or you plan for but its something that motivates you.

“The club has done so much for me and everyday I look to repay this in some way winning a trophy would be a fantastic way to do that.”

Head Coach Brian Rice praised Easton’s influence on the squad throughout this season.

He said: “Brian has been massively important. He leads by example every training session. He is a good character in the dressing room, he doesn’t just shout at lads he goes about it in a different way and the players really respond to him.

“For me he is my go-to guy in there, if I need anything done or said I go to him. As a player, he is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

“It is fantastic that to see him taking up a role in the academy and starting his coaching. He has been involved with Hamilton for a long time and I hope he will be involved with Accies for a long time to come.”

by Marcus Nash

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