Daniel wants to prove he can be number one

Daniel Tobin helps coach some youngsters at the NL Leisure soccer festival.
Daniel Tobin helps coach some youngsters at the NL Leisure soccer festival.

Bellshill goalkeeper Daniel Tobin hopes it will be a case of one step back to take two steps forward after leaving Stranraer.

The former Airdrie youngster has left the senior ranks to join top junior side Irvine Meadow in a bid to get game time to progress his career.

Tobin said: “I’m still a young man, I’m still only 22, and felt I needed the opportunity to play week in, week out in order to develop and grow and become a better player and I felt Irvine Meadow provided me with that platform.

“I’m not sure about the financial side of things, arguably Irvine have a bigger budget than Stranraer, I’ve done all right and they’ve brought in a lot of good players.

“When I spoke to the manager Stevie Rankin prior to signing he had a lot of aspirations about winning the league and winning the Scottish Cup which no manager had ever said to me before, I hadn’t had the privilege of playing for a Celtic or a Rangers, so challenging for a title or a cup is a big thing for me and ultimately made up my mind to join Irvine.”

This is Tobin’s second spell in the juniors having previously enjoyed a spell at Lanark United before signing for Raith Rovers, and was part of the squad who won the Petrofac Training Cup.

He said: “My career has been a bit of a rollercoaster so far, I’ve had a few good experiences, and I remain optimistic I can go back senior and establish and prove myself at that level, which I sincerely believe I can do, so we’ll see what happens.

“It’s not as if I’m going to a middle of the road junior side, Irvine Meadow are easily one of the top three clubs in the country so it’s a platform to showcase my talents and hopefully get picked up again.”

Tobin works in the football department for North Lanarkshire Leisure and the Times & Speaker caught up with him as he helped children aged 18 months to 16 years who attend the NL Leisure soccer schools improve their skills at a special festival in Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

He said: “It was a great atmosphere and a good turnout, good for everyone to get involved and give something back to the community.

“We are trying to develop the football skills of youngsters within the region, and there will be some kids that have probably have kicked a ball for the first time in their lives.

“It’s good to be able to give them an opportunity to do that and give them a wee taste and let them just enjoy themselves.

“Some of the guys here like myself have played at a decent level and we are all here for the same reason and that is to develop footballing talent and help bring on the next generation.”

For more information on NL Leisure’s soccer schools click here