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Stuart eager to Mussel in on silverware; EAST.

Byline: KEVIN McGOLDRICK

MIDFIELDER Stuart Fraser admits there is no place like home at Musselburgh.

The former Scotland Under-21 player's career has been rocked by two leg breaks but he has managed to sample success along the way neverthless.

Now Fraser is eager to stay fit and land silverware with the East Region club.

He said "When I left school I went south to start a two-year YTS apprenticeship with Luton. I earned a professional contract and made over 90 appearances for the first team.

"But then I broke my leg against QPR at Loftus Road and it basically ended my spell at Kenilworth Road.

Returned "When I returned from the injury Joe Kinnear had become manager and I didn't fit into his plans.

"It was difficult to accept because I'd picked up five Under-21 caps and thought my career was going nicely.

"One of my former bosses at Luton, Ben Turner, had just taken over at Stevenage so I joined them.

"The club were part-time and it was hard as I didn't have a job. I got fed up and left after 18 months.

"I made a conscious decision to come home and the intention was to quit the game as I didn't have the desire to try and get fixed up with a club in Scotland."

However, Fraser soon found himself playing againafter achancemeeting with a former school pal led to four happy years with Arniston Rangers.

He said: "The only reason I left was that John Coughlin, who had been helping our manager Jimmy Crease, became Berwick boss.

"He approached me to join and in my first season we won the Third Division.

"But the following season disaster struck as I broke my leg again and hardly played another game for them."

Fraser agreed a contract at Musselburgh last summer and the 30 -year-old is now hungry to get back among the honours.

He added: "Musselburgh's ground is only five minutes from my house and after speaking to the manager, Davie McGlynn, I wanted to be part of what he is trying to achieve.

"I watched them a few times last season and knew they had some great players. I see no reason why we can't win something this year.

"This is our first season in theSuperleagueso maybe it's a bit soom to be thinking of lifting the title but we are capable of winning one of the cups.

"In one-off games we're a match for anyone.

"Despite being through a lot in my career, I am still ambitious and want be successful."

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Date:Mar 5, 2010
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