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Clachnacuddin aims to recruit defense for new Highland League season


Manager Jordan Macdonald will look to strengthen his backline at Clachnacuddin ahead of the start of the Highland League season.

Clachnacuddin v Brora Rangers, Grant Street Park, Inverness…Clach’s Lewis Nicolson…Pictured: Callum Mackay..

The Lilywhites have been back in pre-season training for two weeks and are playing their first friendly this weekend as preparations begin to gather pace for the 2022/23 season.

For the most part Clach have a stable squad after an encouraging campaign last time out which saw the Grant Street Park side record their best Highland League result in five years.

However, Macdonald is relatively thin on the pitch when it comes to defensive options, so he will be looking to strengthen his squad ahead of the return to competition.

“I don’t think it’s a secret that we need centre-halves,” Macdonald explained.

“At the moment the only one we have is Jamie Calder, who is 18.

“Jamie played for us last year and did very well. We have high hopes for Jamie, he’s a fantastic footballer who is good in the air, but we need more than one.

“We’re not going to rush, we’ll take our time and we’ll get there eventually.

“Full backcourts are probably another area I wouldn’t say we’re short on, but we could do one more.

“There will be nothing big, no massive changes from us. We have a stable team and we are quite happy with what we have.

Part of the reason Clach lacks defensive options is that he had a number of players on loan last year to fill those roles.

Harry Nicolson and Lewis Nicolson have each made the short trip to Grant Street Park on a temporary basis since ICT last season.

They were joined by Inverness midfielder Robbie Thompson and Elgin City defender Ben Cormack to join the Lilywhites on loan.

It’s an option Macdonald is keen to explore again, saying the loan market could prove extremely valuable for a club like Clachnacuddin.

“I hope we will go back down this road,” he said.

“If the right opportunities come our way, I’m not saying we will, but a club like ours has to take that sometimes.

“Caley Thistle and Elgin both gave us players last season, and the players we got were great for us.

“I would have no problem doing that again, but we just have to wait and see.

“You don’t know yet who will be available, so we’ll see if that happens.”

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