Newsround 10th December: Jags extend deals for loan pair / Grant delighted with SFA verdict / Flurry of activity at Cove
- 10 Dec
- Written by Andy Skinner
Strathspey Thistle have extended the loan deals of Forres Mechanics pair Drew Howard and John Ross until the end of the season.
Both players have made three appearances for the Jags since signing on initial one-month loan deals, with Howard on target twice on Thistle's 4-2 defeat against Keith last month.
Manager Brian Grant was pleased to tie up both players for the remainder of the campaign, saying: "The two lads from Forres are going to remain with us until the end of the season. I can only thank the people at Forres, we very much appreciate Charlie Rowley being good enough to allow us to extend their deals. The lads are doing well."
Meanwhile off the field, Strathspey's application for SFA membership and club licence was granted at the weekend, making the club eligible to play in next season's Scottish Cup.
With all 18 Highland League clubs now set to take their place in the hat for next season's draw, Grant is hoping the lure of taking part in the world's oldest national trophy can inspire his players on the park, adding: "It’s a massive thing for the club, what has been achieved in the past couple of years is incredible for the committee, sponsors, and directors of the club. What they’ve done is massive, the club has come so far forward in such a short period of time, it’s superb.
"It’s a fantastic prospect for everyone at the club, for the young lads there it should give them the incentive to push themselves harder and play better, as they could get the chance to play in the Scottish Cup at a young age."
Meanwhile, Cove Rangers secured the signing of Keith pair Jonathan Smith and Stuart Walker on two and a half year deals at the weekend. However the pair were forced to wait before making their debuts, with Cove's clash with Clachnacuddin falling victim to the weekend frost bite.
Manager Kevin Tindal has also secured Martin Johnston's services for another month, with Cove having won all six games in all competitions since the veteran forward came out of retirement.
Defender Blair Yule has also put pen to paper on a contract extension in a further boost for the Highland League champions.