Calum Ferrie has been waiting in the wings for a while now – and he’s determined to make the most of his Dundee chance.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper replaced Jack Hamilton between the sticks during the Dee’s 1-0 weekend win over Morton. A goal from Jonathan Afolabi was enough to separate the pair at Dens Park.

Afolabi settled it. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

For Ferrie it was a good display, keeping a clean sheet and not putting a foot wrong as he aimed to impress manager James McPake. He was appearing for the first time in senior Dundee action since 2018.

That was in an end of season Premiership clash with Partick Thistle, Ferrie not getting many chances since moving to Tayside from Port Vale. But he’s determined to keep the number one shirt now.

“It’s been a long time,” Ferrie said. “I’ve had to wait and be patient and work hard. The club has done a lot for me and I want to repay the club in the best way I can – that’s by playing well and getting clean sheets.

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Dundee’s Calum Ferrie was delighted to get in on the action. (Getty Images)

“Everyone wants to play every week, that’s why we’re footballers. It’s what I love to do. I love to train but you don’t get that buzz from getting a win.

“I hope I can stay in now, grow and progress and, hopefully, get more clean sheets. I found out on Friday and, personally, I’m very happy to be involved. I’ve worked hard for it so, hopefully, I can kick on now.

“Me, Jack, the young goalie Harry (Harrison Sharp), and Bobby Geddes all work together as a unit and in training push each other to get better. That’s what you need. Everyone knows about the goalkeeper’s union and we do look out for one another, want each other to do well. We push each other in training every day.

Always pushing each other on. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It was a good way personally to start the season but a clean sheet isn’t just me, it’s the defence, midfield and strikers all working as a unit. We saw that against Morton and had to deal with a lot of pressure, even when they went down to 10 men.
“I felt like as a team we dealt with the pressure well, limited their chances to just a couple of shots which were relatively easy saves at the end of the day. That’s what you want, a clean sheet, three points and let’s kick on now.”
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