Joe Cardle is hoping he can do an effective job of providing Partick Thistle’s young talent with some of the experience he’s gained in his career so far.
Whilst the winger may now be 33, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He rose from the bench at the weekend to score two goals, handing Thistle a 2-0 win over Queen’s Park at Firhill on League Cup duty.
Manager Ian McCall has plenty of youthful players at the club, including wingers like Blair Lyons and Connor Murray. Cardle has reflected on the weekend win and hopes that he can do his part in contributing on and off the pitch.
“The game in the first half was sort of going side-to-side, compared to the game on Wednesday (against St Mirren) where we were attacking every time we had the ball,” said Cardle.
“People say you’re 33, you’re over the hill, but this is the fittest I’ve been through my whole career.
“During lockdown I was running every day and I came into pre-season the fittest I’ve ever been.
“It’s just a number at the end of the day. Hopefully we have got a big season ahead of us and for me personally.
“I think the manager signed me for that reason, to show the young players what it is to be a professional footballer, how to live your life.
“I think I’ve did that so far. Anything I can pass onto these young boys in my career is hopefully something that can help them in the long run.”