The club today announces that Michael Steven has decided to retire from Highland League football due to family and work commitments.
Michael has been signed with the club since 2010, made 261 appearances, scoring 16 goals and wrote himself into the history books in 2015 by scoring the 4th goal in the NOS Cup final where we won our first trophy since entering the Highland League.
Michael has been a firm favourite with the fans throughout his time at the club due to his passion and desire to win coupled with his combative style of play.
Manager Gary Manson had this to say;
"It's a shame Joe has decided to call it a day but it's fully understandable given his family and work life away from football. Playing Highland League isn't easy at the best of times but when you have to juggle a busy life away from the pitch then it becomes extremely difficult.
Joe will go down as one of the great defenders we've had in the HL era, he's given his all to the club for the last 10 years and I've seen him develop into a very good all round defender. It'll be hard now to replace Joe as there are not too many players going about with the attributes he has. He was a great team mate to play alongside and its a real pity I won't have him to call upon now I'm in the management role.
He can now have a well deserved rest and concentrate on the farm and his family. I'm sure the leagues attackers will be breathing a sigh of relief at this news!"
The club are delighted to announce that two of our most promising young players, Sam Barclay and Scott MacDonald, have signed their first contracts with the club.
Both players have come through the club's youth set up and really excelled last season for the U17s, with Sam scoring an extraordinary 32 goals and Scott picking up the player of the year award.
Upon signing for the club the pair will now head to Thurso on loan for the season, along with fellow promising young player Grant Aitkenhead.
Manager Gary Manson had this to say: "Its great business to get Sam and Scott signed up. They have been training with us from the start of pre season and both have shown up very well indeed, as I fully expected.
Its very important for the club to continue to promote the best young players from the youth set up, Sam and Scott certainly fall into that category.
I'm delighted the boys, along with Grant, will now head out on loan to Thurso. They'll gain valuable experience there, playing against a good standard of player week in week out which will develop them even further.
Grant has been with the 1st team for a couple of seasons now and has been progressing well, this loan is now the next stage of his development."
The 3 players will be available for Thurso's season opener against Golspie on Saturday 17th October.