Contract decision was no difficulty for Austin

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Nathan Austin said his decision to extend his East Fife contract was one of the easiest he’s had to make.

The club announced last week that the striker had signed on to stay at Bayview until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Austin was grabbing headlines with his performances in the black and gold since the turn of the calender year and maintained his impressive form into this season.

Fans are delighted he has pledged his future to the Bayview side, but the striker said the decision wasn’t a difficult one.

He said: “I’m very pleased .

“I spoke with the gaffer a few weeks ago about a new deal.

“I’m really happy at the club and it was an easy decision for me.”

The Fifers started the season with a few eye-catching performances but, on Saturday, slipped to their second league defeat in as many weeks when they were beaten 1-0 by Arbroath.

With his future settled thanks to the new contract, Austin is focusing on turning the side’s fortunes around.

“It’s been an up and down start to the season for us,” admitted the forward.

“It’s going to be a test of character now for the boys, myself included, to see if we can pick ourselves up for a massive game against Clyde on Saturday.”

The weekend’s defeat was a disappointing one, with Arbroath having arrived at Bayview without a victory to their name.

“We were really disappointed with our second half performance,” said Austin.

“It was really windy in the first half and the gaffer told us to keep it tight.

“The second half just wasn’t good enough.

“I thought myself that I just didn’t do enough.

“It was hard against two pacey defenders.”