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I had to quit Queens, claims winger

Mon 30 Jan 2017

Out of the first team picture at Queen of the South, Grant Anderson felt he had to quit full-time football to get his career back on track.

Last summer, after completing a move from Raith Rovers, the 30 year old made a flying start to life with the Doonhamers, who set the early pace in the Championship.

But after boss Gavin Skelton stood down in November following a slump in results, the Palmerston board turned to East Fife manager Gary Naysmith.

In reshaping the squad, Naysmith made it clear to Anderson he was not part of his plans. Not being involved on a matchday was hard to take for the pacey winger, who opted to cut his ties and leave.

Anderson said: "I really enjoyed being full time but I enjoy playing football more."

"I was told at Queens I was a good player but the new manager wanted someone else in my position and I would not feature."

"There was no argument there, it was not as if I did anything wrong. The manager just did not fancy me so I cannot turn around and say that is unfair. It is just his opinion."

"It was just down to me whether I wanted to sit about and do nothing or go somewhere and play football. It was a no-brainer for me."

"There would be no enjoyment in being a full-time footballer but not playing on a Saturday."

Despite being frozen out, Anderson bears no grudge, accepting the situation is part and parcel of football.

He said: "The new manager likes to train the first team players, who will be involved on a matchday and he did stress that, as more and more players come in, I would go further and further out of the picture."

"Towards the end of my time at Queens, there were two or three days where I did not train because I was not going to feature in the squad at the weekend."

"That would have worsened had I dug my heels in and stayed so I had get out because over and above everyting I enjoy playing football."

Anderson continued: "It happens in football and it is not nice, it really is not nice."

"You can sit in the house and think about it all you like, but it is just one of those things. One manager likes you, another does not."

"Gavin Skelton signed me and liked the way I played. Gary Naysmith didn't, he preferred someone else in my position."

"There was no argument to it and you could not go chapping on his door because his mind was made up."

As one door closed, another opened with Anderson swapping Palmerston for Peterhead and signing a contract at Balmoor until the end of the season.

The former Stenhouseuir player made a dream debut, scoring a stunning volley in Saturday's 4-0 demolition of Queen's Park.

Anderson also linked well thoughout the match with Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson in a fluent front three.

Anderson added: "It has been a good transition."

"The manager just told me to do what I do so against Queen's Park I was following the full back and doing my defensive duties but he was telling me to push up and stay on the halfway line."

"I have never had that before in my career so it was different for me and with Rory and Jamie making good angles and intelligent runs, it was enjoyable."

Commenting on the new-look squad, Anderson said: "There are 20 odd players here so we have got a good depth and I think you need that because in the second half of the season, boys will be picking up niggly injuries and things like that."

"Everybody is chomping at the bit to get a game so that will see us well for the next few months."

"The set-up here is first class, I have been really impressed so far. Everybody has made me feel very welcome so it has been good."

By Glenn Moir