Double winner Blair Johnston admitted scooping two awards came as surprise just moments after he was presented with the Forbes Shand Trophy and Player’s Player of the year awards.

 

“I didn’t actually expect it, it’s obviously not been the greatest of seasons but there’s certainly a few boys the likes of David Booth and Neale Davidson I expected to pick up the awards but it was a pleasant surprise for me to win especially when I got injured and missed the last four games I thought that would go against me a bit. After picking up a few man of the match awards as the season went on I thought that it may be between me, David and Neale.”

 

Having returned to the Highland League after two seasons in the juniors with Ellon United, the former Formartine United defender admitted it took some time to find some consistency.

 

“Stepping up from the juniors I didn’t realise how big a jump it was although I did play for a bit before but since moving from Ellon the standard is a lot better. I’m a lot fitter playing against better players and it did take a couple of months and once I settled in and got to know the boys it helped me out and I was able to find my feet and kicked on from there.”

 

The 23 year old saw his season come to an end in mid-March when he suffered a fractured fibula in the 3-2 win at Formartine and after coming off the crutches recently he gave us an update on his recovery.

 

“It’s going quite well, I’m off the crutches now and I’ve got a boot on just now then back into hospital on Tuesday so hoping for more positive news so I’m just taking it one step at a time. I know I’m not going to be back in the immediate future so I’ll just have to keep plodding away, they’ve given me exercises to do but I’ll get there eventually. It helps that I’ve got Neale in a similar situation to myself so I’m not the only one going through this.”

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