Bal Ready For The Run-In

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Having signed his first full-time professional contract last summer, Cove Rangers goalkeeper Balint Demus says he is loving life at Balmoral Stadium and is all geared up for a successful conclusion to his debut campaign.

Having shared the League Cup matches with friendly rival Nick Suman, big Bal started the first four League One games before the Aussie took over the gloves.

The twenty-one year old – he celebrates his birthday on Friday – then had to bide his time, his next outing not coming until early December when, deputising for the injured Nick, he fractured his hand during the win at Annan.

By the time he had recovered, it was Suman’s turn for a spell on the sidelines, the big man picking up an injury at Kilmarnock, and Balint has kept his place for the last seven matches, his lengthiest spell in the side:

“It has been a bit up and down for both of us with injuries, so I’m pleased to have taken my opportunity when it came up. We knew right from the start we would be battling for that one spot, and we have a professional relationship, we push each other on and work hard in training.

“We like to keep it fun, keep it competitive, but there’s that deadly serious side to it too.”

Having returned to the team in mid-February, Bal has seen plenty action in recent weeks, and believes he is the better for that:

“It’s the longest run in the side I’ve had with Cove and my game has definitely improved. Every match you learn something new, there’s so much experience in the dressing room, the likes of Fyvie, McGowan, Reynolds, and they do so much to help the younger lads. Out on the pitch, they’re talking you through the game, and I’m just trying to soak it all in.”

With just half a dozen matches left, the pressure is on in the race to make the playoff positions, but that’s not something to fear according to the giant keeper:

“Of course, there’s pressure, but you just have to deal with it. We’ve put ourselves in the position where the heat is on, but you just have to push through and perform every Saturday. You look around, you see the rest of the squad, and you know these are boys you can trust one hundred percent. We get along well off the park, and on it, there is a real bond, we all want to help each other.”

“Every game from here on in will be tough and we just need to focus on our battles; we can’t afford to get caught up in what other teams need or what they’re doing. It’s all about focusing on our game plan and objectives.

“It would be huge to get that top four finish, that’s why every match is massive and that’s why the pressure is on. The first objective is to make the playoffs, that’s part one, and if we can do that, you never know what can happen.

“However it all turns out, it’s going to be an exciting end to the season, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

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