ROSS Callachan has waited a long time to be given a second chance at Raith Rovers.
His first start in senior football was a first division fixture away to Ayr United back in August 2011, but his dream day was ruined by a crude tackle that saw him sent off after just 29 minutes.
Callachan, who was 17 at the time, has barely had a sniff of first team action since, bar the occasional preseason friendly, and a small handful of late substitute appearances.
That all changed on Tuesday night as the midfielder came in for only his second start, his first under Grant Murray, playing the full 90 minutes as Rovers earned a respectable draw against champions elect Partick Thistle.
The youngster was delighted to finally put his nightmare debut behind him.
“I found out I was playing just before the game in the team talk,” he told the Press. “It was my first start of the season so I was buzzing for it.
“Getting sent off after 29 minutes the last time I started wasn’t a good experience.
“It felt much better to last the full game on Tuesday night!
“I certainly learned from the last game not to dive into tackles.
“I enjoyed it, we started well and could have scored three or four goals, although in the second half we were a bit backs to the wall.
“I would’ve liked to have played a bit more during the season, but it was good to get a start.”
Callachan came through the youth system at Raith and was promoted to the first team after agreeing a full-time contract with the club as a 16-year-old in June 2010.
He is one of a number of first team players out of contract in the summer and he hopes to earn a new deal.
“I’m hoping I can stay in team for the last few games of the season and do enought to impress the manager,” he said. “I turn 20 in September so I want to start getting regular first team football.”