Love Your Club: Declan Hughes – Cowdenbeath

It’s all about a season of rebuilding at Cowdenbeath, after the Fife club suffered relegation from the second tier of Scottish football.

But while they recover from a drop into Ladbrokes League 1, it’s not all doom and gloom at Central Park.

Midfielder Declan Hughes gave us the low-down on what it means to don the shirt of The Blue Brazil.

What do you love about Cowdenbeath?

I’ve only been here for a short while, but it seems like a really good club. Everyone is close and everyone is in it together with all that we do. It’s a brilliant place to be and I’m really enjoying it.

What’s the vibe like in the dressing room before a game?

It’s one of the best buzzes you get in football. The build-up to the game, and once you’ve done the warm-up, you’re so up for it and you just want to get back on the pitch and get on with it. I’m not a big fan of meeting up an hour and a half before the game, as I’m just sitting there and just itching to get out.

Describe the fans and what they mean to the club

The fans probably don’t really realise how much influence they have on us as players. If the supporters are really behind you it gives you an extra 10 or 20 per cent and you can really kick-on. You probably don’t see it when you are sitting there as a fan, you might not think you’ve got an influence on the players, but it really does help you.

Can you name a Cowdenbeath backroom hero?

Not so much in the backroom, but Colin Nish who has just been appointed as player-manager really helps the younger players with his experience. He’s obviously played at the highest level in Scotland and has become a good manager now, so it really helps and everyone in the club has a lot of respect for him for what he has done in the game.

What’s the best thing about being a Cowdenbeath footballer?

It’s every young boys’ dream. It’s what I’ve always wanted to. Without football I’d be completely lost and wouldn’t know what to do. I’m just so grateful that I’ve got the chance to play at a good level and call myself a professional footballer.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.