One of the main players in the Pars' improved results in the past 3 months has been midfielder Nat Wedderburn. Arriving at the club in the summer after a year at Inverness, Nat played in the opening 3 League Cup group games but then struggled with injury for several weeks. He missed the opening 9 League games (after being an unused sub in the first game, he was then ruled out through injury for the next 8 Championship games). During his absence from the first team squad, he was given occasional run-outs as an overage player in Under 20s games but often had to be substituted, clearly unfit. He seemed to lack mobility and looked cumbersome, again down to lack of match fitness.
His first League game for Dunfermline did not come until 22 October and he was gradually regaining the fitness levels required for the first team when he was sent off at Tannadice on November, during a game when he was arguably Dunfermline's best player. He regained his first team place on 10 December and has since played in every League game except one, plus the past 3 Scottish Cup games against Alloa and Hamilton.
Now fully match fit, Nat is proving to be a very popular player with Dunfermline fans. He is dominating the midfield, and has also shown an impressive range of passing. Along with John Herron, the Pars midfield has been a big part of the turnaround in results: after losing 8 of the first 13 League games, including a run of 5 consecutive defeats during the period that Nat was injured, the team have suffered just 1 loss in 14 games. Nat has been able to put his early season injury problems behind him, and last weekend at Easter Road had one of his best games for Dunfermline, nullifying the threat of Hibs' John McGinn in midfield and also contributing creatively.
Having cemented a place in the team, and at 25 years old still with many of his best years ahead of him, Nat can continue to develop and further increase his influence in the Pars team, after more than proving his worth in the autumn and winter months of this season.