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Jags secure midfielder Brew on loan from Fort William


By Niall Harkiss

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Midfielder Darren Brew joins the Jags on loan from Fort William. Picture: James Mackenzie
Midfielder Darren Brew joins the Jags on loan from Fort William. Picture: James Mackenzie

Strathspey Thistle have strengthened their options with the addition of two more players ahead of their Highland Football League opener against Forres Mechanicson Saturday.

Midfielder Darren Brew, who is under contract to relegated Fort William, has joined the Jags on an initial one month loan deal, with an option to buy if the spell is deemed a success for both parties.

London native Brew joined Fort at the beginning of last season as one of several players who travelled to Lochaber from England seeking regular football.

He became a fixture for the Claggan Park side, playing 31 games and scoring once.

Manager Charlie Brown is pleased to add the 24-year-old to his side.

"Darren is a player we have been at trying to get in for a while now. He is a box-to-box intelligent midfielder who can play holding midfield or central. His desire to do well for the team and his teammates is second to none.

"His experience will be vital in the time he is with us."

The Jags have also added winger Thomas McInnes to the squad.

The former Clachnacuddin youth player is the first of three additions expected to come on board from Strathspey and Badenoch Welfare League champions Boat of Garten Ospreys.

Former Clachnacuddin winger Thomas McInnes joins the Jags after a successful summer with Boat of Garten Ospreys. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 042889.
Former Clachnacuddin winger Thomas McInnes joins the Jags after a successful summer with Boat of Garten Ospreys. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 042889.

McInnes (21) joins Thistle on a two year contract, with two of his Ospreys' teammates, Liam Grant and Connor McLeod, still on trial.

Brown commented: "Some of the Ospreys lads have joined us for training. Thomas has signed for the club and there are another couple training, giving us a good chance to gauge their fitness and quality and how they might fit into the squad.

"We are now in a great situation with teams in the community and surrounding areas, so these opportunities will come to others who are identified."

Working with the Ospreys is a product of the club's new initiative, 'Strathspey Thistle in the Community', designed to provide a pathway for all ages to find somewhere to play football in the local area.

Both McInnes and Brew are expected to be available for selection on Saturday against Forres.


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