Strathspey Thistle sign Joe Cuthbert from Nairn County
STRATHSPEY boss Gordy Nicolson has marked Joe Cuthbert as "one for the future" after bringing the midfielder to Seafield Park.
The Jags have snapped up the 19-year-old, who was previously with Nairn and have cancelled the remainder of his contract by mutual consent.
Nicolson has been impressed enough with Cuthbert to give him a two-and-a-half year contract.
He said: "Joe plays in the centre of the pitch. He trained with us and looked the part. He is good on the ball.
"He has been in Nairn's squads but not played often. We are brining him in for him to develop and push for a spot in the team.
"With younger guys if they don't manage to maintain their performance levels they can come out of the team.
"Equally if they are doing well then you just keep them in.
Joe is a good player and one for the future.
"It is good to get guys in at this point with a view to next season. It gives them a chance to bed in.
"We have most of the current squad tied up for next season and it won't be like years gone by where there has sometimes been six in and six out."
Cuthbert has made three appearances for Nairn County following his debut in 2018.
A club spokesman for the Wee County said: "We all wish Joe the best of luck for his future career."
The Jags did not have a game on Saturday as their match at Huntly was postponed due to a frozen pitch at Christie Park.
Thistle now have a free week which means their next Highland League fixture is on February 1 at fourth-placed Rothes.
In order to give the younger players in his squad some action, Nicolson was hoping to arrange a friendly for tomorrow night in Inverness.
He said: "We will try to get a fixture in. We tried Elgin City Under-20s but their players have been loaned out.
"It might be against a local amateur team.
"The game is more to give the younger lads a run out. A lot of the older guys who knew that we didn't have a game have made plans.
"That is the benefit of the free week; it gives the boys a break."