GOAL HERO Michael Tidser has revealed that being part of Kelty Hearts' historic promotion is as good as anything he's achieved in the game.

But the New Central Park captain joked that he wasn't sure where he found the energy to find himself rushing into the Brechin City penalty area to fire home a memorable winner in the League Two play-off final and clinch the step-up.

Former Greenock Morton midfielder Tidser, who joined Kelty from Falkirk in February last year, was with Rotherham United when they won promotion from EFL (English Football League) League One through the play-offs in 2014 but made only 10 appearances in the league and spent the second part of the season on loan at Ross County.

This time, though, the 31-year-old - who at the weekend signed a new two-year contract - has been a vital part of the team that were crowned Lowland League champions, and League Two play-off winners, topping it off with a fine finish beyond David Hutton from Andy Rodgers' lay-off with two minutes to go.

"I don't know where I got the legs to get up there," he laughed afterwards when speaking to Press Sport.

"I've always had goals in me from when I've been young and, thankfully, I managed to effectively score the goal to put us into the SPFL.

"When I was down south, we got promoted to the Championship, but it felt better there (against Brechin) because you were more part of it, and being captain as well, and the responsibility of that.

"It's been a long time coming but we finally got over the line. It's massive for the club; it's a great achievement, considering where they've been."

Tidser continued: "It's all came to fruition because we're on the first step of where we want to get to. We've got good players in there, great experience who have got a wee bit of everything, and boys who have played at a high level. But that doesn't count for anything. You've got to have good characters, and I think characters in abundance in there.

"The manager's been great, the board have been great, the players have been great – I'm just thrilled for everybody."

Although they'll venture into League Two – where a local derby with Cowdenbeath awaits – with a new manager, in the shape of Kevin Thomson, Tidser added: "We'll be ready.

"It's exciting for the club, it's exciting that hopefully the fans can get back, for the board, for the people who have followed this club for years to see different clubs coming to our stadium, and for us to go and travel.

"It's a new adventure for us. Hopefully we don't rest on laurels and we can go and give it a right good push.

"I'm realistic to know it's a tough league and we'll see where it takes us next season."