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Son of Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager signs deal with Highland League club

By Will Clark

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CAMERON Ferguson, son of Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Duncan Ferguson, has joined a Highland League club for the rest of the season.

It has been confirmed tonight that the 21-year-old striker has signed for Forres Mechanics.

His arrival at Mosset Park comes after it was revealed Inverness Caledonian Thistle were unable to sign Cameron Ferguson this season due to a cross border rule.

Cameron Ferguson has signed for Forres Mechanics. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Cameron Ferguson has signed for Forres Mechanics. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Players are only allowed to play for three teams in one season, which in England includes under-21 teams.

Cameron Ferguson was at Newcastle United and played with their under-21 team, which counted as two teams. He also was on loan at League Two outfit Forfar Athletic earlier this season which means he met his allotted three teams.

In Scotland, senior and under-21 teams are classed as the same team.

Speaking in Thursday’s press conference, Caley Thistle manager Duncan Ferguson confirmed they were unable to sign Cameron Ferguson due to a technicality.

He said: “Unfortunately, there’s been a technicality we knew nothing about under cross-border rules, with three clubs.

“In England, if you’ve played for the under 21s that counts. In Scotland it doesn’t.
“If he had played for Rangers under 21s and went Forfar and played, he would have been alright.

“But in England for some reason, if you’ve even played a minute for the under 21s, that counts as his third team.”

The rules do not apply to Highland League clubs and Forres Mechanics manager Steven MacDonald says he is pleased to capture his signature.

He said: “We are all pleased to have Cameron joining us for the last five games of the season at Forres. Thank you to Inverness Caledonian Thistle for making it possible.

“Cameron has just turned 21 and has a huge football career ahead of him. He hasn't played in many matches recently so the priority is to help him get a few games under his belt before he steps back up into full time football again”.

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