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Defender speaks on delight of signing new contract with Clachnacuddin

By Will Clark

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Harry Nicolson stopping a goal. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Harry Nicolson stopping a goal. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Harry Nicolson says he is excited about his future at Clachnacuddin after agreeing a new deal to stay with the Highland League club.

The defender agreed terms to pledge his future with the Lilywhites after extending his contract.

Nicolson (23) says after holding talks with manager Conor Gethins, he is enthusiastic about the direction the boss wants to take the club.

Gethins has hailed Nicolson as one of the best defenders in the Highland League which he took as a huge compliment.

Nicolson said: “Having played against Conor Gethins a few years ago, it is a good thing for him to say I guess.

“He has played for many years in the Highland League and knows what it is all about.

“It was a nice compliment to get from him.

“One of the reasons I am staying on is because I like what he is about and he has some good ideas.

“I think next season is the time he will show what he is capable of as a manager when he gets his real chance.

“This season is just about getting through it.

“I think being able to attract good players due to him being in the league for years will bring players to the club.

“There is a buzz around Clachnacuddin and a lot of people are excited to see what they can do next season.”

Nicolson came through the Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth system, where during that time he was sent on loan to Fort William and Clachnacuddin in the Highland League as well as played with Elgin City in League Two.

He then signed for Irish club Finn Harps in 2021 before returning to Scotland to join Clachnacuddin last season.

Speaking about signing a new deal with Clach, Nicolson says he is pleased to stay.

He said: “I think it is the right decision for me as I know I am getting games for Clachnacuddin and being a regular starter.”

Clachnacuddin are on a poor run of form having failed to win their last five matches and are still looking for their first win of 2024.

They will have a tough challenge on Saturday as they face title contenders Buckie Thistle. The match has been switched to Grant Park in Lossiemouth due to Victoria Park being out of commission.

Nicolson knows Buckie are serious contenders for the title, but believes Clach are capable of getting a result.

“We played Buckie at the start of the season and we ran them close where they only won due to a few late goals,” he said.

“All respect to Buckie, but we will go out and give it a go as I don’t think we’re far off them.

“We just have to be more organised defensively and play to our strengths. However we know that it will be a tough game.”

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