Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

JOSH PUTS IN THE MILES - ON AMATEUR TERMS

Monday 18th July 2016

JOSH TODD is proof that sometimes in football, it's about playing at the highest level you can - whatever it means financially.

The midfielder, who was on trial with Dumbarton in pre-season, signed for the club on Saturday on amateur terms after leaving Annan Athletic.

But despite that, and the miles he has to put in from his home near the Scotland/England border, it's a move he's relishing.

Because for the 22-year-old, it's all about a chance to prove himself at the highest level he can play at.

Josh said of his deal: "It's pretty much as it says. It's about getting me a chance to play at a higher level and if I have to take a financial hit, then so be it.

"I just want to play in as high a division as I can. I can look at other avenues to try and earn money outside the game, but I wanted to take the chance while it was there.

"I live right on the border, but the travelling isn't a stumbling block for me. You either let it affect you or get your head down and do what is best for the team.

"It's an effort I am willing to put in to help myself and Dumbarton succeed.

"I'm going to relish the opportunity for myself and the team, and so far I've really enjoyed it. The style of football Dumbarton play seems to suit me and it's been a good experience which hopefully I can keep going."

Having scored for Annan when they beat East Fife 2-0 last September, Josh is now hopeful of a similar result when Sons face the Fifers tomorrow.

Victory would go a long way towards realising the target of qualification from the Betfred Cup section, but he warned of a difficult game in prospect.

He added: "They have signed a few players and it will be a tough game. East Fife were a physical side last season but they certainly could play.

"They have a good goal threat and it's all about our concentration on playing our game. If we do our thing right then we stand a good chance.

"But we will need to be focused right from the start."

Andy Galloway