Stirling Albion stalwart Ross Forsyth admitted he was slightly surprised to be named the club's player of the season, but could not hide his delight after picking up the award following last Saturday's victory over Annan.

The veteran defender has been a standout performer, and he admitted that he is thrilled with his form throughout the campaign.

The 33-year-old has also taken on a coaching role with the Binos' under-20 side, helping to guide them to the SPFL Development League East title.

Forsyth told Stirling News Sport: “To be honest I am quite surprised. I am delighted to win the award. On a personal level, it has been a great season, and probably one of my best. I am chuffed.

“Personally it has been a good season. That was my 39th appearance of the season against Annan, and I think that is one of my highest totals in quite a while. I am delighted with my form and with the number of games I have played. I'm also delighted with the coaching side of things. I have been involved with the under-20s and we are all delighted with how that has worked out. Full credit has to go to Andy Todd and the gaffer because they have been the mainstays while I have supported them when I could.”

Forsyth admitted that things have not always gone to plan on the pitch this season and believes they should still be in contention for promotion.

He said: “It has been a bittersweet season. As we know the team and the league position has been quite disappointing. It's not where we wanted to be. Ideally we would be celebrating at least being in the playoffs, but it didn't happen. That is the bad part which is disappointing.”

The defender plans to stay at Forthbank next season and is aiming to guide the Binos to a return to League One.

Forsyth added: “The plan is for me to stay. I don't think I will be going anywhere. Things work well for me here. I have the opportunity to further my own coaching career, and the manager has given me that fantastic opportunity which I am really grateful for. I will be back next season and I'll be working hard with the gaffer and Martyn to make sure we are up near the top of the league next season.”