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Leadership role fills me with pride – Ryan

By David Robson

Striker Andy Ryan has insisted he is delighted to have a leadership role within the Accies squad revealing the role fills him with pride having come through the club’s Academy. 

The 27-year-old is familiar with the expectation of playing for the side and believes his form this season has been a result of belief and support from the coaching staff at the club. 

He said: “I’m a vocal player and I try and get my points across to help the young lads where I can. I think the ones who are in the first team just now were all young boys when I was here the first time around, so I always knew most of them anyway. 

“I just try and lead by example when I’m on the pitch – both verbally and through my work ethic and performances. It’s a great group of lads and they all want to work had for each other which is important.”

Looking ahead to Dunfermline at the weekend, Ryan understands it will be a tough match but believes that confidence is high in the Accies squad. 

He said: We want to win every game that we play. Obviously, Dunfermline have got good players and a good, experienced manager and I’m sure they will be ready for this game, so we know it’s going to be a difficult one. 

There is a real buzz around the place, in the changing room you can feel we are full of confidence. I’m feeling good the boys are feeling good and training has been good.”

As Accies look to continue their good run of form the attacker believes it is vital that they continue to take each game as it comes. 

He said: “We’ve been in good form in recent weeks. I think our performances have been great, if we continue to perform to our very best, we can keep that run going. We are under no illusions though, it’s a very tough league.”

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