It was recently announced that Ross King, our longest serving player, had signed up for a seventh season in Haddington Athletic colours. Ross, who turns 26 early next season, is noted for his energetic performances, commitment to the team and positive attitude – always on hand to encourage his team mates and push the squad forward. We recently caught up with Ross to discuss the 2023/24 season and hear about his studies with the Open University.

How do you feel this season has gone?

“It has been a season of ups and downs. We started the season really well. We talked about getting off to a good start, which we did until the end of September. We then had a few injuries. We lost a few boys and then it was a hard run for us. The good thing is the way we have bounced back. It is hard to get out of a run like that. The last eight games have been good and we are trying to finish the season as strongly as possible, especially looking to continue our good run in the League Cup.”

How pleasing is it to see the emergence of talented young players?

“A major positive has been the young boys coming through. It’s a good experience for them to get game time and the opportunity to make an impact, which will stand them in good stead for next season. The boys who came into the team for the Glenrothes game (which we won 7-0) epitomised that. You can see how well the U20s have been doing.”

How pleased were you to sign a new contract?

“I was delighted to re-sign. Haddington Athletic is like my home now. I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else. Off the park, a lot is happening that is really positive. We have had new committee members coming on board and things like the programme, which adds to the experience. The future looks promising. With a good pre-season under our belts, I’m confident we can push on and have another good year.”

When we interviewed you in the programme last season, you told us about your interest in history. You are now studying for a degree?

“Yes, with the Open University. I do night shift in the taxi. It means I sometimes don’t speak to many people – everybody is in their bed! In my downtime, I was spending too much time on the phone so it is good to have something different to think about.

“I’m really interested in history. I had a look at the Open University and quickly decided to enrol for a history course. I am now coming to the end of the first year. It’s been fantastic. I’m doing it part-time so it should last six years. It goes hand in hand with football and work and means I can pick any time to study. There are two-year blocks and the aim is to get the final degree after six years. It starts off really broad and in year three and four you can branch off to your main interests. I’m quite interested in modern history.”