Nairn County's Sam Gordon 'over the moon' to have signed new deal to stay at Highland League outfit
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Sam Gordon is eager to repay the faith of manager Ronnie Sharp and supportive Nairn County team-mates after landing a new contract through to summer 2025.
The 22-year-old right-winger is only six months into his first team career proper at Station Park, having risen through the club ranks since the age of 13.
He earned a one-year extension last summer, with Sharp promoting him from the reserves even before a spate of injuries forced him to delve into the club’s youth ranks.
Patience and perseverance have paid off, with Gordon’s Wee County performances impressive since the autumn.
“I’m over the moon to be signing another contract after just my first six months.” Gordon said.
“They looked at who they wanted to extend and, luckily, I was one of them.
“I feel I’ve put in a good shift in the good run of games I now have under my belt. It hasn’t been an easy time for the team as we’ve been hit massively by injuries from the get-go.
“That’s benefitted me, obviously, as a young player, but I feel I’ve coped well with the demands.”
Sharp certainly seems impressed, having helped settle the winger prior to his early October debut at home to Inverurie Locos.
“Before the match, the manager just said ‘play like you play in training and you’ll be just fine’,” he said.
“That gave me a lot of confidence. The older boys have always been really supportive. They have faith in my ability, which really helps as well.
“I was very nervous for my debut, especially against a team like Inverurie, but I got a lot of good feedback from the boys and a lot of the fans as well. I’m a Nairn boy through and through, so pulling on the jersey is that bit better.”
Nairn, who host title-challenging Brora Rangers on Saturday, have now also tied up defender Fraser Dingwall until summer 2023, having recently sealed new deals with stalwart Glenn Main and goalkeeper Dylan Maclean for the same term.