El­gin duo earn their sil­ver after red-hot run.

El­gin: Dou­ble the plea­sure as striker and boss Price seal monthly awards

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Shane Suther­land reck­ons he could be on course for the best sea­son of his ca­reer after be­ing let go by Peter­head in the sum­mer.

There was a bit of ac­ri­mony over his split from a sec­ond spell at Bal­moor after not hit­ting top form in the Blue Toon’s ti­tle-win­ning League 2 cam­paign.

El­gin didn’t hes­i­tate to bring Suther­land back and he’s slammed 19 goals in 20 games in his fourth spell with the club.

His form has earned him the Lad­brokes player of the month award for Oc­to­ber and it’s a dou­ble with Gavin Price win­ning man­ager of the month for League 2.

The 29-year-old, who suf­fered a ma­jor knee in­jury in 2017, said: “It’s bril­liant to have scored so many al­ready and I have to thank my team-mates for cre­at­ing the chances.

“I won a league medal last sea­son with Peter­head but it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out.

“Jim (McI­nally) prob­a­bly ex­pected more and I don’t think I played to my best.

“Did I al­ways play in my best po­si­tion? Prob­a­bly not.

“I’ve got no grudges. It’s foot­ball and you move on. Some peo­ple maybe thought ‘oh he’s not good enough for Peter­head in League 1’.

“I didn’t have to shut them up as such but I wanted to do my talk­ing on the pitch be­cause I know no mat­ter what level I’m play­ing at, if I get chances, I’ll put them away.

“I don’t think I’m quite there yet where I was in 2016-17, which was the best sea­son of my ca­reer be­fore I got the ACL in­jury – but I’m get­ting close.

“I scored 24 that sea­son when I got in­jured in the March so to be on 19 in Novem­ber there’s a good chance of mak­ing it even bet­ter than that.

“I don’t want to get too ahead of my­self but hope­fully that will be the case.”

El­gin have won their four last league games to get into the top four and Suther­land will be a key man in Satur­day’s big clash away to Ed­in­burgh City.

Boss Price, who signed a new deal last week, said: “We know what Shane can do. We had a good long chat in the sum­mer and he wanted to be back at El­gin.

“He’s clearly one of the best play­ers in part-time foot­ball but some­times it takes a long time to get back fully from a long-term in­jury and I think that’s the case now. Shane’s def­i­nitely back to the form that made him top scorer in the league in 2016.

“We’re not a one-man team but he’s a big fac­tor to how we play.

“Ed­in­burgh have been on a good run of form and they’ve got ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

“If we can do well there then it will be a big boost for us.”

WIN­NERS: El­gin City man­ager Gavin Price, left, and striker Shane Suther­land with their Lad­brokes League 2 awards for Oc­to­ber

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