Football: Mike Belief; LITTLE LIAM IS ONE OF FEW WHO DOUBT HIS HOTSHOT DAD HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL

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Football: Mike Belief; LITTLE LIAM IS ONE OF FEW WHO DOUBT HIS HOTSHOT DAD HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL


Byline: BY STEVEN RATTRAY

WITH a fistful of medals and a mantelpiece covered in trophies Fraserburgh flier Mike Stephen is a hero to the Broch support.

The only eyes last season's Highland League top scorer seems to have failed to catch are those of senior scouts - and his three--year-old son Liam.

Liam has started watching his dad play but insists on telling his old man he's rubbish.

That's despite the fact winger Stephen, 28, became the first Highland League player to score five goals in a single game for nearly 54 years against Nairn last Saturday.

Stephen, however, believes his time to move up a level has passed.

While he has followed the careers of mates Marino Keith and Scott Murray in the professional ranks, Stephen has no regrets that he has never made the step up.

He said: 'My life has been spot-on.

'I have a lovely family, I enjoy my football and I have a stable job.

'I am really happy with the way things have panned out.

'I went on trial to Dundee United with Marino, Aston Villa with Scott, Luton Town with Russell McBride and was also at Nottingham Forest and Norwich 'I wasn't cocky enough then. I was always quiet while the Glasgow lads were all full of banter.

'I was pleased for Scott who took his chance and scored a hat-trick.

'However, I don't reckon there is enough stability in professional football these days, even for the guys at clubs like Aberdeen.

'I keep an eye out for Marino and Scott's results although I still think Derek Milne is the best player I have played alongside.

'Derek is the steadiest man in the world and it's a surprise he never got a chance to step up." Stephen, the league's Players' Player of the Year last term, doesn't believe in aiming too high on the field either.

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