Evening Express

Highland League title would be top prize says Inverurie Locos’ Broadhurst in testimonial season

Ryan Broadhurst, right.

Ryan Broadhurst admits he never expected to chalk up a decade of service with Inverurie Locos.

And as he begins his testimonial season he’s determined to help the Railwaymen to more silverware.

The defender has been at Harlaw Park since January 2009.

Broadhurst joined the Garioch outfit from English Southern Premier League Central side Stourbridge after his job as a helicopter pilot took him to Aberdeen.

He admits he never thought he would still be with Locos and said: “I’m from Worcestershire and I used to play for a team called Stourbridge and my brother Leon still plays for them.

“I came up here for the job because this is the place to be as a helicopter pilot.

“I was 21 then and it’s 10 years later and I’m still enjoying myself up here.

“To be honest I didn’t see myself being here so long.

“The job I took on was one I only thought would be for a couple of years where I would build up my hours and gain some experience.

“But Aberdeen is a lovely place which is close to my heart and Inverurie Locos have done a lot for me.

“I’m a helicopter pilot based at Aberdeen Airport.”

After finishing third last season Locos are looking to improve again under manager Neil Cooper.

During his time with the club Broadhurst has won the Aberdeenshire Shield twice (in 2013/14 and 2016/17) and had only been at Locos for a few months when they won the Highland League Cup in 2009.

Next term Broadhurst is hoping to add to his medal collection and a Highland League winners’ medal is one he would love to claim in his testimonial season.

He added: “We were top three last season so we’ve got to be looking to finish in there again. It’s a competitive league, and without being cliched, we’ll have to take it one game at a time.

“The league is one of the few medals that is eluding me and if we could do that it would be a great way to mark my testimonial season.

“The testimonial season is a big thing for me, huge in fact.

“It’s a great milestone for me to hit, loyalty is something that goes a long way in football.

“The club have been great to me and I really enjoyed my time here. I’m not ready to hang up the boots yet.”