Cad­den’s rel­ish­ing clash with ex-boss

New con­tract has front­man buzzing

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Cal­lum Carson

Nicky Cad­den ad­mits he’s a big fan of Air­drieo­ni­ans man­ager Stephen Findlay.

That won’t pre­vent him from do­ing ev­ery­thing to fire Liv­ingston to suc­cess when the two teams meet on Sat­ur­day in the first com­pet­i­tive fix­ture of the new cam­paign, though.

The 21-year-old winger was part of the Di­a­monds’ youth set-up un­der Findlay and still keeps in touch with his old boss and former team-mates.

But he is de­ter­mined to get Livi’s Bet­fred League Cup chal­lenge off to a per­fect start at his old home.

Cad­den, who has net­ted three times in two pre-sea­son friendlies for the Lions, said: “Ste­vie was the one who brought me in at Air­drie at youth level and I’ve got a lot to thank him for to be hon­est be­cause he gave me that first step in my ca­reer.

“I like Ste­vie as a man, I’ve got a lot of re­spect for him, and he’s a very good coach.

“He still texts me ev­ery so of­ten and checks in on how I’m get­ting on.

“It will be good to catch up with him and some of the guys, but ob­vi­ously I’m there to do a job which is pick up the win for Liv­ingston and get our Bet­fred cam­paign off to the best pos­si­ble start.”

Now en­ter­ing his third sea­son with the Lions, Cad­den ad­mits it was an easy choice to re­turn to the club and get the chance to test him­self at the high­est level in the coun­try.

He said: “I went on my hol­i­days and came back and weighed up my op­tions but once I spoke to Davie Martin­dale and there was an of­fer on the ta­ble, it was an easy choice to be hon­est.

“I’m very happy to be at the club and to have the op­por­tu­nity to play in the Pre­mier­ship, so I’m de­lighted that we could sort that out and that I’m stay­ing.

“It was a bril­liant sea­son for the team last year, al­though it was a bit frus­trat­ing at times for me per­son­ally with a cou­ple of in­juries.

“Win­ning through the play­offs is ac­tu­ally a big­ger buzz than win­ning the league, to be hon­est, espe­cially as no­body ex­pected us to do it.”

The former Air­drie man scored twice in a closed-door friendly against Queen’s Park and fol­lowed that up with a goal on Fri­day night in Dum­fries, and he says he’s en­joyed play­ing fur­ther for­ward than the wing-back role he of­ten oc­cu­pied last term. He said: “I’ve been play­ing off the front in the two friendlies with Sibbs ( Craig Sib­bald) and I’ve been able to get goals.

“I got a cou­ple against Queen’s Park and came off re­al­is­ing that I’d al­ready dou­bled my tally for last sea­son in the first game.

“It’s a po­si­tion that I like to play and the gaffer spoke to me and gave me the free­dom to get into the pock­ets and find space, along with Sibbs, and it has worked.”

As for his aims this sea­son, he’s fol­low­ing the same ‘one game at a time’ mantra that worked for the squad last term. He said: “We’re not go­ing to look too far ahead. Ob­vi­ously stay­ing in the league will be the main aim but we’ll take it one game at a time and just fo­cus on try­ing to pick up points in our next game.

“We showed last sea­son that we can’t be un­der­es­ti­mated and we’ve been able to keep the main core of the play­ers at the club, which was ideal.

“Ev­ery­body will may be look­ing at us and think­ing they should be win­ning, but we’re just wor­ry­ing about our own game and then see­ing where that takes us.”

Up for the cup Livi winger Nicky Cad­den

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