Young Dundee goalie Calum Ferrie says getting his first start at senior level was a massive confidence boost – now he’s looking to use that to springboard a successful career at Dens Park.
The 19-year-old, signed from Port Vale two years ago, impressed manager Neil McCann enough to see him made second-choice behind Elliott Parish, despite the signing of Jeremy Malherbe in January.
That brought a debut at Ibrox in April after Parish was hurt late on before Ferrie was rewarded with a new contract and then his first start on the final day of the season.
That ended in frustration for the Dark Blues as they were beaten 1-0 by Partick Thistle after a limp performance and left Ferrie “annoyed” that his hopes of keeping a clean sheet had been dashed.
He said: “The result wasn’t what we wanted and we could have done better.
“However, on a personal note it was a great achievement to play and I feel I did alright.
“It was a good confidence booster for myself to get that full start under my belt, I really enjoyed it.
“It’s always frustrating as a keeper because you can’t really influence the play in front of you.
“That’s just the life of the goalkeeper – it can be a lonely position. Sometimes you just have to look after yourself, make sure you give your team the best chance to go and win a game by making saves when you need to.
“All I did really in that Partick game was do my job.
“I conceded a goal which is very annoying because I just want to keep clean sheets – that’s what goalkeepers are built on.
“I wasn’t happy about that but, overall, it was a pleasing performance for myself.”
And Ferrie did impress, making timely saves as well as commanding his area with Partick quickly putting the rookie keeper under pressure from the off.
An early save that saw him claw an Adam Barton header out of the top corner set him on his way and, although he couldn’t stop Kris Doolan poking in the winner, he was happy with this performance.
On that Barton header: “It had me worried when it was looping over me! I was thinking ‘oh, no, it’s looping, it’s looping, please get there!’
“I managed to just get there and then, after that, there was a corner and with a young keeper they were going to put it on me. That’s what anyone does with a young keeper, and I got a good punch on it.
“I felt that was important because it meant they maybe didn’t put it on me as much. I found in the second half they didn’t. The crosses were a bit further out, which was good.
“Teams might look at that because I’m maybe not as big as other goalkeepers. I’m 6ft 1in but it doesn’t matter, you just have to be dominant and you get yourself out for crosses.
“I’ve always tried to do that because I always think if you attack it 100% you can get there even if they are six foot seven or eight.
“If you want that ball more than them then you can go get it.”
His displays in training and for the successful U/20 side, saw him handed another year’s deal by Dundee and Ferrie is determined to make the most of the chance he’s been given.
He added: “It was good to get that signed, get secure for next year knowing I can come back and work 100% again to make sure that gets me as far as I can go.”