Former Boro man Coulson ready to march in with the Saints

Michael Coulson celebrates a goal for York City
Michael Coulson celebrates a goal for York City

Former Scarborough FC striker Michael Coulson felt that a switch to the Scottish Premiership was too good an opportunity to turn down.

Coulson signed a pre-contract agreement with St Johnstone before the end of last season and is now ready for a very different stage of his footballing journey.
This path will see Coulson catapulted from newly-relegated National League side York City to gracing Ibrox and Parkhead in front of enormous crowds.
His debut for the Perth club, the Scottish League Cup outing at Elgin City, will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Prior to his move north, the 28-year-old, who bagged nine goals in 44 appearances for Boro, has been digging in to make sure he is at the peak of his playing abilities.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time at St George’s Park, working on fitness and strengthening,” he said.
“The facilities there are unbelievable, I’ve been using them to get myself ready for it. I want to be the best I can when I get up there.
“I’m really looking forward to it. For the past few seasons I’ve been playing for struggling clubs, this is a massive new challenge for me.
“Scottish football is really going places, there are a lot of good players up there or moving up there.
“I’ll be playing in a premier league in a country against teams managed by people like Brendan Rodgers. How could you turn that down?”
Coulson admits that he has found it tough to leave York, adding: “St Johnstone initially came in for me in January because they wanted me to replace Michael O’Halloran, who went to Rangers.
“Nothing happened at that point, but they were still keen to get something done and in the end I signed a pre-contract deal.
“People talk in football, my former manager Nigel Worthington and St Johnstone’s Tommy Wright are both Northern Irish, so maybe that’s how it came about.
“It will be hard leaving York, though I think I have done well for the club.
“I was a bit worried being a Scarborough lad, but the fans did take to me.
“I am gutted about their relegation and I hope they bounce back, but the National League is not an easy league to get out of.”
The attacker could have been shaping up for European football if things had worked out a little different, but that has now become an aim for the future.
He added: “We would have been in Europe if Celtic had won the Scottish Cup, but that’s just one of those things.
“I’ll just have to work hard and try to help the club towards European football next season.
“I’m feeling fresh and I’ve got that bit of hunger for this challenge.
“I’ll be playing against teams like Rangers and Celtic in packed stadiums.
“It will be something new to me, but this is what football is about.
“I’ve played for Barnsley at Wembley in the past, but that was when I was 20.
“This move is giving me the chance to sample that again.
“I think my family are also looking forward to coming up to a few games, but their drive will be a little bit longer than it is to York.”
Coulson has his eyes firmly set on a switch to Scarborough Athletic in the twilight of his career.
“At the moment, I’m away from Scarborough, so it is hard to get a feel of how things are going,” he said.
“I want Scarborough to get themselves back to a good level because my dream is to finish my career there.
“It would be great if that could happen with the club up where it was before, around the National League.
“If you look at clubs like Wimbledon, Darlington and Halifax, they are all progressed a lot quicker than Scarborough since their formation.
“But they have a manager in Steve Kittrick who has experience of the leagues, so hopefully they can soon start to push on.”