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HE MIGHT be currently plying his trade some 60 miles from Stair Park but Stranraer is not far from Sam Lidington's mind.

The full back is in the middle of a season-long loan deal with Hurlford United.

However, he is already looking ahead to next season as he aims to become a regular in Stevie Farrell's squad.

He said: "Stevie said it will not harm me to be at Hurlford until the end of the season.

"Then, I can come back and push for a place in the first team.

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"I'll not get a better chance to play in the first team when you see fellow young guys like Christopher McGowan, David Gray and Cameron Elliott are doing well for the first team.

"That is what I am hoping to do for next year."

The 20 year old trains with Stranraer on a Tuesday with a Thursday evening spent with the Blair Park side.

Then, Saturdays are spent aiming to help the Junior side move up the Super Premier Division or advance in the Scottish Junior Cup, with a fixture against Hurlford United due to take place this weekend.

Lidington featured in pre-season for the Blues and knows the inside of the Stair Park changing rooms.

He is not alone in the Hurlford team in being able to say that though.

Manager Darren Henderson made more than 200 appearances for the Blues and is joined by John Dempster, who enjoyed a brief spell with the Blues after leaving St Mirren, in the dugout.

On top of that are Dean Agnew, Glen and Danny Mitchell and Allan Jenkins, who is playing a key role in the youngster's development, who are all part of the Hurlford squad.

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Experienced midfielder and former Stranraer captain Jenkins is head of the club's youth development and able to feed back to Farrell and the Stranraer backroom staff about Lidington's progress.

It is a season that is going well for Lidington, who lives in nearby Irvine and joined Stranraer after being released by Kilmarnock in the summer.

He said: "Obviously, I have played under 20s football for the last three or four years.

"That is quite a lot different to the physical side of the games in the Juniors.

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"I was probably not getting that side of football and had not experienced the physical side of the game.

"That is what I have benefited from most and I have really enjoyed the last six months."

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2 Raith Rovers 21 39
3 East Fife 21 35
4 Forfar Athletic 21 33
5 Airdrieonians 21 30
6 Montrose 21 28
7 Stranraer 20 23
8 Dumbarton 21
9 Brechin City 20 19
10 Stenhousemuir 21 16


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
34 - Conor O'Keefe (MID)