Lo­gan builds again

Coupar An­gus Ju­niors have re-signed sev­eral play­ers ahead of the new sea­son

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Coupar An­gus Ju­niors have se­cured the ser­vices of sev­eral play­ers ahead of the new North Divi­sion sea­son.

Skip­per Al­lan Leith, young striker Ross Ni­chol­son, for­ward Alex Gibb, mid­fielder Joe Stur­rock and stop­per Mar­tyn McCabe are among those to have re-signed for Lo­gan McConachie’s side so far this pre-sea­son.

Cen­tral de­fender Leith was ap­pointed cap­tain at Fox­hall Park last sea­son and con­tin­ues in the role for 2017/18.

He told the club’s Face­book page: “My first sea­son in Ju­nior foot­ball was a great experience for me per­son­ally.

“It’s a great hon­our to be cho­sen as cap­tain and with the man­ager mak­ing other key sign­ings we should look to mov­ing on up the league.”

Ni­chol­son is ready to kick on again af­ter re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury against Kin­noull JFC in early April.

He said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to play­ing a big­ger part in the team and hop­ing it’ll be a very suc­cess­ful sea­son.”

Gibb notched an im­pres­sive 15 goals in as many games last sea­son.

The 18-year-old re­vealed: “I want to get a higher tally this year. The man­ager Lo­gan gave me a plat­form to play and I al­ways said I’d re­pay it in goals.

“As a team, I want us to do the best we can. I’ve seen the gaffer’s plans and I’m ex­cited for the sea­son ahead.”

Stur­rock ad­mit­ted: “I’m re­ally happy to sign up again. I’m look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to de­velop as a player and I’m sure the team will go from strength to strength this sea­son.”

Reg­u­lar de­fen­sive stal­wart McCabe en­joyed his time with Coupar An­gus last sea­son.

He said: “I strongly be­lieve with a few ad­di­tions that we can push on this sea­son and fin­ish higher up the league.”

Man­ager Lo­gan McConachie said he was pleased to get the play­ers signed-up rel­a­tively early in pre-sea­son.

Speak­ing about his skip­per, he said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to have Al­lan for the com­ing sea­son.

“He’s been ex­cep­tional this year, both on and off the field – a cap­tain that Coupar An­gus JFC are proud to have.”

He con­tin­ued: “Ross is a young tal­ent and had per­formed re­ally well to­wards the end of the sea­son. His in­jury was un­for­tu­nate as he missed the last five games where he would have fea­tured.

McConachie added: “Alex has an old head on his young shoul­ders and his per­for­mances last sea­son were sub­lime.

“Adding to that, he’s got a char­ac­ter that’s in­fec­tious and a de­sire to win.”

Coupar are up against AM Soc­cer Club in a pre-sea­son friendly in Fife on July 11.

They host Lewis Utd at home on July 15 and wel­come Cross­gates Prim­rose to Fox­hall Park on July 22.

Pleased Coupar boss Lo­gan McConachie

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