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Jags keen for six to commit to club

By Ross MacTavish

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Gordy Nicolson, Strathspey Thistle, Highland League
Gordy Nicolson, Strathspey Thistle, Highland League

STRATHSPEY Thistle manager Gordy Nicolson hopes to get six of his squad tied up on new deals as soon as possible.

Most of the Grantown club's players have committed to the Jags for next season.

However, Graeme Grant, Craig Macmillan, John Cameron, David Watson, Lee Wilson and Dominick Edwards could all leave for free at the end of this campaign which has been the most successful ever for the club.

Strathspey's game against Buckie was postponed on Saturday because the Seafield Park venue was frozen.

The curtailment has allowed Nicolson and his management team to turn their attentions to matters away from the park.

Nicolson told the Strathy: "We have been working hard to get some contracts extended.

"John (Cameron) has just come back from injury and I have spoken to David (Watson). Both are keen to stay on. It's just a case of sorting things out."

Like Cameron, Grant has also suffered from injuries this season.

But Nicolson hopes the summer signing from Forres decides to extend his spell at Seafield Park.

The Jags boss said: "Graeme is back training and he is feeling better as the weeks go by.

"It is difficult when you get into your 30s to decide how long to carry on playing for but I get the impression he is keen to keep on going.

"Graeme has had a bad run of injuries which can't be helped. He went over his ankle against Huntly earlier this season and then he jarred his knee in training.

"Hopefully he can get back fit. But Graeme is also great to have around the club.

"When I took over as manager I wanted to have him involved in coaching.

"Graeme has been helping out in the dugout while he has been injured and he has been a great help."

Macmillan is another Jags' player who has been hit by injury, but when fit, he has produced some good performances.

Nicolson said: "Craig took a knock against Rothes a couple of weeks ago. He should be back training this week and we will see how he feels."

In addition to those four, Thistle hope Edwards and Wilson will commit their futures to the club too.

Nicolson added: "They are two that we hope to get over the line as soon as possible.

"They signed year-long extensions last time as they didn't know how long they would be in the area for."

The Jags hope to make a return to action on Saturday with a trip to play a Huntly team that sits in eighth place in the Highland League.

A good run of form has seen Thistle climb up to 13th spot and already overall their record league points tally. They are hoping to get back to winning ways after losing to high-flying Fraserburgh last time out.

Nicolson said: "Our games against them are usually fairly close and I am expecting the same this time."

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