There were no financial incentives for Paul Paton to join Airdrie, just a desire to get back playing football.
The 33 year-old signed on-loan from East Kilbride last week with the Lowland League set to be decided on a points per game method.
Paton is combining a full-time job with a relentless schedule at Airdrie but his decision was fuelled by a desire to test himself.
He said: “I don’t get paid any more or less coming here that I did at EK. I could have kept my contract there and sat in the house but now I’m at Airdrie four times a week.
“We are in every Sunday for covid too so I’ve put myself out there and pushed myself to the max.
"I’m working 50 hours a week and coming to Airdrie four times but I’ve only made that decision because I’ve got the desire to play at a good level.”
The experienced midfielder has enjoyed a successful career playing in the Scottish Premiership for Dundee United and St Johnstone.
Paton captained Dunfermline last season but left in the summer to pursue his career outside of football and he revealed that he had no interest in playing for any other Championship side.
He said: “I’d already drawn a line under the full-time stuff this summer. I just thought it would be better to go part-time because financially, that was the best thing to do.
“It’s obviously strange times and it’s important to look beyond football at my age. People might see me as a Championship player but I’ve played for everybody in that division that I’ve wanted to play for.
“Unless Hearts came calling, I was always going to go part-time. It’s served me well so far, it’s obviously frustrating what’s happened at East Kilbride but I’m just happy to play.”
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