I’m loving life with Livingston Lions
Longridge set to make century mark
Jackson Longridge says he’s loving life at Livingston as he prepares to hit the cent u r y mark in appearances.
The 22-year-old is sitting on 99 games played for the Lions after signing for the club prior to the 2015-16 season and he hopes there’s many more to come.
He said: “It’s always good to hit wee milestones as a player, although the gaffer still has to pick me one more time before I can get to the 100 mark.
“It’s a nice achievement to have when I get there. I’ve been given the chance to play so many games and I appreciate the coaching staff having that faith in me. This is my third season here and I’ve enjoyed being at Livingston and still am enjoying being here.
“It’s been eventful with a relegation and a promotion and then obviously we’ve started really well this year and hopefully we can keep up the good form.”
He added: “The team’s really in a good place just now and the coaching staff have us well drilled and trying to play some good football. It doesn’t always work out, but we go into every game well prepared and we know what we want to achieve and that’s down to the management team.
“We’re learning how to win at this level and see games out to hold on to the points that we have and hopefully that can continue throughout the season.”
With a change in formation over the course of the summer that sees the Lions regularly field three centre-backs, that has resulted in the left- back being given the chance to play further up the field, something he admits he enjoys.
He said: “It’s something I like doing because it gets you further forward and gives you a better chance to help out with assists and goals.
“Obviously, I played as a left- back for my first two seasons which meant I was playing defensively but the management team have changed things a wee bit and given me the licence to go further forward.
“There’s a lot of decent wingers at this club so there’s real competition for places which keeps you on your toes at training and in the games.
“The aim is try and stay a step ahead and start games but the manager has some great options in that position.”
Should his milestone appearance arr ive this weekend, it will come against his former Stranraer boss
The team is really in a good place just now Jackson
Stevie Aitken, now in charge at Dumbarton, and Longridge knows picking up the points won’t be an easy task.
He said: “I know Stevie well as he was my manager during my time at Stranraer so I know what to expect from him.
“He always has his teams well organised and well drilled and they are a very decent side but we need to try and just get back to doing the basics right and not making mistakes.
“Hopefully we can do that and come out on top in the game and pick up the three points.
“It was frustrating for everyone that the game didn’t go ahead against Falkirk last week but that’s obviously not something we can control.
“It gave us a wee break which will hopefully stand us in good stead for this weekend with that added freshness.”
Milestone Jackson Longridge aims to notch up 100 games