A NEW adventure and a fresh challenge awaits Joe Malin in 2013 – on and off the pitch.
The former Ross County keeper is relishing the chance to establish himself as the No. 1 at Elgin City.
However, Malin (24) is also facing a future where, for now at least, he will not be a full-time footballer.
After more than eight years at County, Malin has joined the part-time ranks for the first time in his adult life.
"I have never wanted to do anything else other than play football, so it was disappointing to leave County," he admitted.
"It did come as a shock when I was released and I have had to get my head around being a part-time player."
After two previous brief loans spells at Borough Briggs, Strathpeffer-based Malin has signed a 30-day emergency contract with Elgin City.
However, he is already talking to the club about a longer deal when that short-term one expires at the end of January.
"I am looking forward to getting a run of games and confidence will come from that. Hopefully, in the next six months I can do well for Elgin," he told ‘The Scot’.
Malin will have the gloves on tomorrow (Saturday) as City visit arguably one of the best stadiums in the country, Ibrox, for the third time this season, and it will be a new experience for the keeper.
"I have never played there before so it will something new. I have got to try and treat it just like another game," he said.
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