Afolabi looks to repay Pars teammates after warm welcome

Dunfermline Athletic’s new loanee Jonathan Afolabi looks to repay his Pars teammates after being made to feel welcome at East End Park. Jake Gray has more.


The Irishman (right) joined Celtic in the summer after leaving Southampton (Credit: Craig Brown)

The Irishman aims to gain a place in Stevie Crawford’s starting 11 and is hopeful he can repay his new boss and teammates by becoming a talisman in the black and white.

“It’s been great so far, the lads have all been very good and have welcomed me with open arms”, he said. “All I can do now is repay them and help them on the pitch as much as I can.”

“I’ve watched the league a couple of times, I need to try and impose my game on it by offering myself to the team and getting my name on the score sheet as many times as possible.”

The former Southampton striker confirmed that he had offers to go on loan south of the border, but feels he has made the right decision joining the Scottish championship outfit.

“I could’ve went back down south, but I had to choose what’s right for me at this moment in time. It feels like this club was the right place to go, it’s a good place to be.”

Afolabi has spoken about what the Pars fans can expect from him over the next six months as he will potentially partner top goal scorer, Kevin Nisbet.

“I’m very direct, quick, powerful and I like to get goals, obviously, as a striker. I’ve seen him (Nisbet) play a couple of times and I’ve heard a lot about him, so I know he’s a real player. It will be good to learn from him as well.”

Afolabi will be looking to get his first senior appearance as the Pars travel to Dumfries to take on Allan Johnston’s  Queen of the South on Saturday.

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