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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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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Sean McCarthy Leaves The Club

The club today announces that goalkeeper Sean McCarthy has decided to leave the club following the expiration of his contract. The club had been in negotiations with Sean for a number of weeks and after initially accepting a new deal he's now decided he would like a new challenge.

Sean made 191 appearances during his spell at the Harmsworth, winning the NoS Cup along the way, and few can question his commitment and ability during this time. The club would like to wish Sean all the very best for the future and thank him for his tremendous contribution over the 6 seasons he spent with us. 

Andrew Hardwick Returns To Club

The club are delighted to announce our first new signing of the summer with the news that former player Andrew Hardwick has re-joined the club following the expiration of his contract at Strathspey Thistle.

Andy of course will be very familiar to the fans having represented the club 60 times and scoring 6 goals, including a memorable hat-trick against Fort William in season 2018/19.

Andy is a very experienced Highland League player having played for Fort William, Nairn and Strathspey throughout his career so far and at 27 is just entering his peak years.

Manager Gary Manson had this to say: "It’s a good bit of business by the club to get Andy back on board. As soon as we heard he was available it was a no brainer to bring him in. He knows the club, the league and the players very well and he'll provide great competition to an area of the park we were looking to add to."

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