Duntocher’s Joe Wilton is enjoying life in the juniors with Kilbirnie Ladeside after considering giving up on football.

The former Falkirk and BSC Glasgow goalkeeper was signed up by former Bankies boss Budgie McGhie at the start of the season, and featured against Clydebank back in September.

And Wilton has been pleasantly surprised by the standard of junior football.

He said: “At that point in the summer I’d been out at a few different clubs and I was close to saying this wasn’t for me anymore, but since going to Kilbirnie I’m really enjoying it there.

“It gets tiring going to new teams and being there for a week or so.

“There’s only so many times you can do that before getting burnt out.

“ I didn’t know too much about the juniors because I wasn’t really involved in it, one thing I didn’t realise that Kilbirnie’s fans are absolutely mental.

“They’re one of the loudest groups of fans I’ve heard. We’ve been doing well and they’ve been enjoying it.”

Wilton was starting games last year for Lowland League side BSC Glasgow after their first choice goalkeeper’s work circumstances changed, and he was quickly promoted from the under-20s squad to the first team.

But after breaking his collarbone a year ago against Stirling University, he found himself out of the fold.

He enjoyed the step up from age grade football to adult football and wanted more after getting a taste for it.

He added: “I was initially going to be second choice, but due to the other goalkeeper’s work commitments I got told on the first day of the season that I was starting, and then played the next 25 games.

“It was only through injury that I ended losing my place. I broke my collarbone this time last year.

“It was gutting but it’s one of those things that can happen.

“The standard was a lot better, and there wasn’t any weak teams. It was a massive jump from under-20s to men’s football.

“I collided with someone catching a cross. I felt it go but I’d never broken a bone before so didn’t know what it felt like, so I tried to play on with it for five minutes and I didn’t realise I’d broken it till the next day.”

And while he’s competing for the number one jersey at the Blasties, the civil engineering student is hoping to one day playing football full-time.

He said: “I’d love that because I’ve always thought I could do that. I’ve always had that aim to become a senior or go full-time if you can. That would be the dream.