East Fife’s Jamie Insall has pointed to extra time spent on the training ground as one of the main reasons for winning the Ladbrokes League 1’s Player of the Month award for September.
The 24-year-old is currently on-loan from Hibs for the season, and has four goals from five appearances for the promotion-chasers after scoring eight goals in 21 appearances for the club during his first loan spell last season.
And Insall insists that the extra full-time training he gets with his parent club is a big help when he isn’t banging in the goals for the part-timers.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes News, he said: “I still train with Hibs a couple of times a week, as well as two nights with East Fife, and I think it’s made my all-round game a lot sharper.
“Neil Lennon is obviously aware I’m out on loan, and hopefully he sees me doing well, but it’s more his assistant Gary Parker who is giving me tips and constantly offering me advice, which has helped a lot.”
“I think I’ve actually come on a lot from last season and I definitely think back-to-back promotions is possible for us at East Fife – why not?”
Whilst Insall has his sights firmly set on another successful season with East Fife, he admits that it would be difficult not to keep an eye on Hibs and their own push for promotion.
He added: “I’d like to think I could offer something to Hibs, but you have to be realistic and look at the strikers they already have. Jason Cummings will probably score 30-plus goals in the league, and Grant Holt has played over 100 games in the Premier League.
“I think it makes more sense for me to be here, and I’m 100% committed and focused on East Fife. We’ll see what happens with Hibs at the end of the season.”
Insall’s progression has also been heralded by his manager Gary Naysmith, who picked up the Ladbrokes League One Manager of the Month award for September.
Naysmith backed-up Insall’s assertion that he’s improved as a player recently and couldn’t speak highly enough of his player.
He said: “Jamie came to us last season, and I would’ve described him as an out-and-out finisher, but whatever he’s done over the summer, he’s transformed himself.
“His fitness has got better and he’s got stronger. He feels more comfortable playing up-front on his own and his touch and awareness has improved ten-fold.
“He gave us a focal point to our attack and that’s something we’ve been missing. We were short of something up-front and Jamie’s came in and filled the void and he deserves all of the praise he’s been getting.”
The Fifers latest step towards to top end of League 1 sees them travel to Hampden to take on Queen’s Park this weekend and are currently priced at 5/4 for an away victory. The draw is 11/4 with Queens coming in at 13/8.
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