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Football: Dair dilemma; LEE: BEATH EXIT SO TOUGH - BUT I HAD TO GO FOR SAKE OF CAREER.

Byline: BY KEVIN McGOLDRICK

LEE DAIR last night admitted he has mixed emotions about his dream switch to Linlithgow Rose.

The playmaker's joy at bouncing back to the big time with the East Region champs has been tempered by the fact he left Hill of Beath on a downer after their relegation from the top flight last term.

Dair claims it was a real wrench to part company with the Fife outfit after a five-year stint.

He said: 'I gave the Beaths five good years and thoroughly enjoyed my time there but some things have to come to an end.

'I sat down with the boss Jock Finlayson and we decided it would be best for the club and myself if I left.

'The money they got for me enabled them to sign more players, which they needed.

'It wasn't an easy decision but over the past couple of years Linlithgow and my name have always been linked. It just never happened for one reason or another.

'I told Jock that Linlithgow was the only side I would leave for as I believe they are the biggest and best at this level.

'I leave the club with the best wishes from everyone and wish them success.

'It was just a shame I couldn't help them survive relegation. I still keep in contact with all the boys - in fact one of the players has just become a dad and we're going out to wet the baby's head.'

Now Dair has set his sights on making Rose even more formidable - despite the fact he's not guaranteed a game.

He said: 'Linlithgow can match anything Second and Third division SFL sides have to offer.

'I've been impressed in my short time here and everyone has made me feel so welcome. The facilities are superb and they know how to treat you.

'Training has been tough but that's what I've been needing.

'I know I'll have to knuckle down and fight for my place. The quality in the dressing room is frightening.

'The move has put a spring in my step again and hopefully I can help continue Linlithgow's success.

'One of the main reasons for moving here is I want to win things and this club is where it's all happening.

'I played my first game last Saturday in my favoured position behind the front two but I don't think I'll be able to pick and choose where I operate. I'll just play where I'm told.

'I know we're the team everyone wants to beat but this move has taken me to the top of the ladder and I won't let anyone down, especially gaffer Jim Sinnet who has shown faith in me.'

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 28, 2004
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