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Fraserburgh’s Grant Campbell has unfinished playoff business

Grant Campbell has a sense of unfinished business while Fraserburgh is preparing for their chance in the playoffs for the pyramid.

After winning the Breedon Highland League, the Broch took on Lowland League champions Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the playoff semi-final.

The winner will take on Cowdenbeath in two legs for the chance to play into League Two next season.

Campbell has been through the playoffs while playing for the club he played for in the past. Cove Rangers.

He featured in the 2016 season as they lost to Edinburgh City. Still, an injury to his cruciate ligament kept him out of the Aberdeen club’s playoff next attempt against Cowden in the year 2018 and the year following when they won promotion.

The midfielder, who is 32 years old, stated: “It’s part one here.

“What I felt a bit missing at Cove was the opportunity to participate in the playoffs due to an injury to my knee.

“When I first came to this club, I was hoping to get another chance in the playoffs, which involves winning the league to be eligible.

“I was not just here to be a champion of the league continue reading this. I’m here for Saturday, and we will need to get an excellent time in the playoffs.

“I’ve always felt that I have an unfinished playoff business, and I’m thrilled to get another chance.

“But the only thing we have is a chance to win, and playoffs can be a challenge to navigate. With the right attitude and the ability we have, and the right luck it could be thrilling.”

“I was sure there was enough capability.’

Campbell has been a crucial component of Fraserburgh’s title win since 2002.

He came out of retirement and joined the Broch in September of 2019 after having previously resigned because he struggled to recover from the knee injury he sustained.

He continued: “I came out of retirement to play for Fraserburgh when Mark Cowie rang the phone.

“The reason I chose to do this was because I believed there was the potential within the team to beat the competition.

“I would never have been able to come out of retirement in the first place and, therefore, when we did those Zoom sessions during the lockdown, there was the utmost belief that we would be the winners of the league.

“But it doesn’t just happen we have to go the length and breadth of the Highland League – away from home we’re unbeaten with 49 points from 51, which is something we’re incredibly proud of.”

Lockdown spirit

Campbell believes that the unity within the Fraserburgh team is crucial to their success this season.

He claims that the same spirit was evident on the field during the height of lockdown as the Broch players participated in training sessions held at home.

Campbell declared: “I think what you find at Fraserburgh is something I was aware of by playing against them – but what’s more evident the moment you’re here is that everybody is part of the same team.

“Yes, the zoom sessions helped keep us in shape, but everyone is together. Everyone is doing their best. There aren’t any stragglers.

“I think the Zoom sessions were evidence of that.”

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