I’m lov­ing life with Liv­ingston Lions

Lon­gridge set to make cen­tury mark

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Cal­lum Car­son

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

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