HE WILL still be a teenager when the season finishes but Cameron Elliott is slowly but surely clocking up the appearances for Stranraer.
The teenager turns 20 on 27 May and will be hoping the Blues have secured League One safety by then.
Elliott, who is closing in on 30 appearances, was named man of the match in the much-needed victory over Forfar Athletic on Saturday, with the Blues heading to Raith Rovers this weekend.
The midfielder rated his showing in the 2-0 victory as his best in a Stranraer shirt and felt his game was continuing to improve.
He spoke to the club’s website immediately after the game at Stair Park and said: “It was an important three points.
“We needed it after a few defeats and hard results - we definitely needed it.
“We have got a good enough squad in the changing room and the gaffer believes in us.
“Everybody worked their socks off.”
Elliott began the season in goalscoring form, with a double against Annan Athletic followed up by a strike against Newton Stewart.
It was thought the former St Mirren youngster might be battling for a spot up front alongside Isaac Layne and Grant Anderson.
However, Elliott has slotted in wherever Stevie Farrell has asked him to, whether that be up top, on the wing or even filling in at full-back against Dumbarton.
Elliott said: “I have always played left midfield since I was young.
“Going up front, I don’t mind playing up front, and in behind the strikers as well.
“I don’t mind putting in a shift at the back as well.
“Honestly, where the manager puts me, I’ll play there.”
Despite the different positions, Elliott felt he was on the right track and could see improvements in his game.
A spell towards the end of 2018 at Kilbirnie Ladeside continued his footballing education.
He said: “I feel I can hold the ball up.
“That is where I have developed my game.
“The manager has taught me that and I have tried to add that into my game.
“It is coming on and coming in handy a bit.”
Now, with a trip to Stark’s Park this weekend, Elliott said it was important to pick up as many points as possible and not simply target so-called six pointers.
He added: “You cannot just rely on the Dumbarton and Brechin games – we need to keep winning.
“We need good performances and even Connor chipped in with the goal against Forfar.
“Hopefully, we can keep getting wins.”
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