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INTERVIEW: Time to really push on

12 July 2014

Forward Mark Beck on making an impact

Striker Mark Beck heads into his third season as a professional as the 2014/15 campaign gets underway and he admitted that his loan spell at Falkirk, which brought six goals from his 20 appearances, has whetted his appetite as he looks to make the same kind of impression at Brunton Park once the new season kicks off.

“I think the loan spell did me the world of good,” he said. “Getting the number of games I did has worked well for me and it was good to get the experience of playing for the first team day in and day out. 

“It’s about getting a level of consistency in my performances now that I’m back here and hopefully I’ll do that. That run of games last season has stood me in good stead and I think, particularly with this being my third year, I’ll be able to make an impact.”

“I actually can’t believe it’s my third season as a pro,” he admitted. “It just flies by. I definitely think it’s about time for me to try and get more games and really start to push on. 

“I’m enjoying pre-season training so far. It’s been tough but it’s all about being fit and raring to go when the games come about. We all want to hit the ground running and the things we’re doing now are with that in mind.

“I obviously came through the youth system with Dave [Symington] and Brad [Potts] and I think we’re probably the fittest we’ve ever been. It’s a big season for all of us so we’re determined to do things properly from day one. 

“It’s obviously still very hard but I don’t think you’ll ever find an easy pre-season at any club. It’s different and enjoyable because we’re doing a range of things. We’ve got a conditioning coach in with us this year and it’s the first time we’ve ever had anything like that. It’s keeping us on our toes and we’re all feeling the benefit.”

“It doesn’t feel like there’s any kind of hangover from what happened at the end of the season at all,” he commented. “Obviously there was quite a big clear out and we’ve got new people coming in. That should bring a bit of freshness to it and there’s a really positive mood around the place. I can’t wait for the season to start if I’m being honest.

“We have a new forward in Billy [Paynter] and I’ve seen what he can do in training. He’s a very good player. It would be great if I could get a partnership going with him. 

“It’s good to have someone with that kind of experience to learn from. I’ve had it before with Lee [Miller], and now Billy, and it’s good to be able to see how they act. The aim then is for me to put it all into practice when I go out on the pitch.”

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