INVERURIE Locos’ big signing of the close season is former hero Stuart McKay who has ended a six year sabbatical by ending up at his rightful home, Harlaw Park on a two year contract.
After penning the deal, the player known as “Kaiser” found there was no time to waste as he got stuck into his second pre season training stint at Davidson Park. After the session he said he wants a really good pre season after not realising his full potential last term at Formartine United.
Stuart said, “It’s great to be back at the club and getting fit again. I did some marathon training a few weeks ago without actually running the marathon. I didn’t do a proper pre season last year and I realised I’d let myself down. it’s very important. I’m 30 now so getting on a bit
“I always aim for 20 goals a season, last season I wasn’t playing where I want to play and only got three goals. Double figures is always good to get but I always aim for 20. “A lot of the old guys I played with are still here and some young guys I can help along. The Highland League has changed, in general the standard is better, more of a passing game working from the back. My game has changed, I want the ball more at my feet
“Locos have always brought on good youth players. It will be a very competitive league again. Brora Rangers have been signing good players, you can never tell who’ll win the League.”
Locos co-boss Kenny Coull has welcomed his former team mate back to the club and stated there is no time to waste as he looks to get his new signing and the whole squad up to speed:
“We need to get him playing to the way we want, it is only a few weeks until we play our Ramsdens Challenge Cup game at Montrose. Stuart is a major signing, it’s up to him to prove what a big signing he is. What we want is to move on from our 4th position to Top 3 and ultimately to win the League.
“The Challenge Cup game is competitive football, and what we are aiming towards, never mind the Nairn game. We want to give a good account of ourselves”
Coull also confirmed that after nine years’ distinguished service to the club, long term captain Tommy Wilson will be leaving the club. Wilson celebrated a Testimonial season with the highlight being a Challenge match against Aberdeen FC. However the 35 year old went through an injury hit campaign finding it very difficult to retain a regular place in the team when fully fit
Full back Keith Thomson has also left the club
Inverurie Locos will play Junior SuperLeague giants Banks o’ Dee at Spain Park on Tuesday July 24th in a pre-season friendly. Kick off to be confirmed. The game against Hall Russell United, scheduled for Monday July 23rd, is off.
Meanwhile the pre season friendly between Montrose and Locos at Links Park, arranged before the Ramsdens Challenge Cup draw was made, will not now go ahead.
At the recent Locos AGM, changes to the Youth Development set-up were announced. There will no longer be an U17 and U 19 team, but instead the Under 21s will feature players from 17 – 20 years old. U21 Coach Craig Stratton has left the Club with Gary Jamieson and Eddie Reid supporting the management team in the new-look set-up.