Robbo D-day on Fraser

ICT: Com­pro­mise could seal deal for mid­fielder

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FRONT PAGE - DAVE ED­WARDS AND ANDY SKIN­NER

In­ver­ness Ca­ley This­tle man­ager John Robert­son will de­cide to­day whether to move for Buckie This­tle cap­tain and mid­fielder Kevin Fraser.

Ca­ley This­tle man­ager John Robert­son will de­cide to­day whether to move for Buckie This­tle cap­tain and mid­fielder Kevin Fraser.

Fi­nances had seemed cer­tain to scup­per the deal for the High­land League player of the year, but Buckie man­ager Graeme Ste­wart has hinted his club may com­pro­mise to al­low a trans­fer to go through.

Fraser has trained with the Cham­pi­onship club this week af­ter Robert­son in­vited the 26-year-old, who was the High­land League’s player of the year in Buckie’s ti­tle-win­ning sea­son last year, in for a week-long trial.

Robert­son claimed Buckie’s de­mands for a trans­fer fee would scup­per any pro­posed move, but Ste­wart has hinted there could be more than one way of bro­ker­ing a deal, if his club’s di­rec­tors agree.

Fraser, who still has three years left on his con­tract at Vic­to­ria Park, works at In­ver­ness har­bour and was with Ca­ley Jags un­til his re­lease in 2009.

The mid­fielder will end his trial at Cale­do­nian Sta­dium to­day, and Robert­son will make a de­ci­sion be­fore Fraser leads out cham­pi­ons Buckie in the open­ing High­land League game at home to Clach­nacud­din to­mor­row. Robert­son said: “He wouldn’t be here if I didn’t see some­thing in him. We don’t bring play­ers in if we don’t see po­ten­tial or a chance to im­prove the team.

“We’re hope­ful of hav­ing an­other cou­ple of play­ers in by next week. I’ve spo­ken to the board and they’ve been great and said we can try to get a cou­ple in, ir­re­spec­tive of play­ers go­ing out.”

Jags man­ager Ste­wart said his club’s board will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion and added: “We are bend­ing over back­wards to help Kevin. We want him to go to Ca­ley This­tle, we won’t stand in his way and we want to ne­go­ti­ate.

“If, as John Robert­son has said, In­ver­ness are un­able to pay a fee up front, we could look at other op­tions, such as staged pay­ments, loan play­ers, sell-on fees and even pre­sea­son friendlies. There’s more than one way of skinning a cat.

“If Ca­ley This­tle weren’t a full-time club we wouldn’t even be con­sid­er­ing this. If any other High­land League club of­fered us £50,000 for Kevin we wouldn’t be in­ter­ested. We’re just try­ing to help him with his dream of re­turn­ing to full-time

“We’ve tried to help Kevin by al­low­ing him to go on trial”

foot­ball. The bot­tom line is if a club wants a player, then one way or an­other, they have to pay for him. If Celtic ap­proached Ca­ley This­tle to take their best player, do you think they would let him go for noth­ing? I don’t think so.

“We’ve tried to help Kevin by al­low­ing him to go on trial.

“We are try­ing to do ev­ery­thing we can to help our club cap­tain. If we wanted to stand in his way we wouldn’t have al­lowed him to go on trial in the first place.”

Ste­wart added: “These are my own thoughts and be­fore we go any fur­ther I would have to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion with my board at Buckie This­tle.”

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