Sean Campbell Signs for Academy

The club are delighted to announce today that Sean Campbell has signed for the club. Sean joins us after most recently playing for Thurso in the North Caledonian League where he scored 3 goals in 2 games this season.

Manager Gary Manson had this to say about the signing:

"I'm delighted to get Sean signed up, he's a player I know very well and is exactly the type of guy I want to work with. Sean will bring real quality and enthusiasm to the squad, as well as valuable versatility. It's important when working with a small squad that you have players who can cover different positions and Sean can comfortably do that while maintaining high performance levels. I'm really looking forward to seeing Sean make the step up to Highland League level, a step up which he'll more than handle."

The talented young player now joins up with the squad as they prepare to kick off the campaign at home to Buckie Thistle on November 28th.

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Michael Steven Retires from HL Football

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!"

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Sam Barclay and Scott MacDonald Sign-Up

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.

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Welcome Back Brandon Sinclair

The club are pleased to announce our 3rd signing of the summer and are delighted to welcome back another former player in Brandon Sinclair.

20 year old Brandon made 17 appearances for the club between 2016 and 2018 before he headed stateside on a football scholarship. Due to the current worldwide pandemic Brandon is back in Caithness for the foreseeable future and is delighted to signing on with his boyhood club again.

Manager Gary Manson had this to say: "When it became apparent Brandon would be available for a big chunk of this season, possibly all of it, I was more than happy to add him to the squad. Brandon was a talented young player when he was with us before so I'm looking forward to seeing how he has progressed during his spell in America. He will provide competition in an area of the pitch where we were a little light in at the start of the summer but with Brandon and Andy coming in I'm pleased with the options we have in defence now." 

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Graeme Williamson Joins The Club

The club are delighted to announce that goalkeeper Graeme Williamson has joined the club. Local lad Graeme signs on with a wealth of experience at amateur level having won every trophy there is to win in both the North Caledonian league and the Caithness County League. He now feels the time is right to test himself at Highland League level and manager Gary Manson is delighted to add a goalkeeper of his experience and ability to the ranks, he said "Graeme signing is great news for the club. When Sean made it known he was wanting to leave it was imperative we moved quickly and got another quality goalkeeper in. With Gordon Clark extending his contract a few weeks ago it's great to have two goalkeepers signed up and ready to fight for the number 1 position. Graeme will fit seamlessly into the changing room and I'm really looking forward to see how he adapts to the higher level."

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