Harvey delighted to be ‘back home’ at Penicuik

New Penicuik manager Johnny Harvey
New Penicuik manager Johnny Harvey

New Penicuik Athletic manager Johnny Harvey can’t wait to get started at the club where he enjoyed his football the most.

Harvey was appointed as boss late last week following Craig Meikle’s resignation earlier in the week and it was an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.

The 33-year-old established himself as a fans’ favourite in two spells at the Midlothian outfit and is held in high regard at the club with the striker being their all-time goalscorer.

The young boss has come a long way in a short time, having managed just three full seasons since he took charge of Edinburgh United in 2013 and leading the Paties Road side to the South Division title before 
repeating that feat with Haddington Athletic the following season.

“I’ve done three seasons as a manager now and to be fair if somebody had told me at the first training session that I took as a manager that within three years I’d be managing Penicuik in the Super League I would’ve thought that’s a bit soon,” said Harvey.

“It’s happened quick but I’m absolutely delighted that it’s happened. It was a tough decision and I mulled it over for a couple of days but I felt it was the right decision to make.

“If I turned down the Penicuik job I don’t know if I’d get another opportunity to manage them.”

Harvey’s backroom staff of Keith Wright, David Lees, John Menzies and Alix Ronaldson have followed him to Penicuik Park.

He is pleased with the quality of player he has inherited with 12 already signed up for next season.

He aims to bolster the squad with a view to competing at the top end of the Super League.

He added: “I will have to bring in six or seven players. I want to have a competitive edge to the squad.”