Gary's ready to grab his chance with Jags return

GARY FRASER has packed a lot into his short career - but he hopes to get a lot busier.

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Gary Fraser is hoping not to have to sit out Saturday's game after his return to Firhill. Picture: Nick Ponty
Gary Fraser is hoping not to have to sit out Saturday's game after his return to Firhill. Picture: Nick Ponty

The midfielder may only be 19, but his time in the professional game is already littered with points of interest.

Now, after putting pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half-year contract with Partick Thistle, Fraser is determined to do his talking on the pitch and fulfil his promise.

The deal to take him to Firhill on a permanent basis was signed last Friday, just days after he returned to Bolton Wanderers, who he joined in the summer after his release from Hamilton.

In October, Fraser was handed a seven-game ban for striking an opponent in an Under-20 fixture against Dunfermline and he hopes the visit of ­Kilmarnock tomorrow is the start of a fresh chapter. Fraser said: "It has been my hardest time in football because I have not been playing.

"I don't really want to talk about the Dunfermline game, I want to move on. People were saying things that never happened, that annoyed me most.

"I don't think I have got a point to prove to anyone, I just want to show what I can do.

"I don't think people will hold it against me. I just want to put it all behind me, move forward and concentrate on my football."

After doing his time for his Pars misdemeanour and cutting short his career at the Reebok Stadium, Fraser is back in familiar surroundings on and off the pitch.

Despite signing a two-year deal with Bolton, he never kicked a ball for Dougie ­Freedman's side and admits the lure of home sweet home proved too hard to turn down.

He said: "I am happy to be back at Thistle. Even before I left at the end of my loan, I was hoping I would come back.

"I liked the training at Bolton, but I have always been a home boy. I wanted to be here.

"I did want to go there and give it a shot but I realised I wasn't ready to move away yet.

"I enjoyed my loan at Thistle and I am glad to be back here. I want to do well here and show people what I can do."

With midfielders Isaac Osbourne and Sean Welsh injured, Fraser's return is timely for boss Alan Archibald.

And the youngster is eager to play his part as the Jags battle to beat the drop this term.

He said: "The gaffer and Scott Paterson have put a lot of faith in me and have signed me again. I want to get on the pitch and repay them for that.

"It is good that he has signed me again and now I need to show he was right. Hopefully I get picked on Saturday and I will do my best for the team.

"I want to play but you don't want the big players in the team injured. I am glad I have a chance and hopefully I can take it. The boys have been playing well so hopefully we can get a few wins on the board."


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