- Created: Thursday, 03 October 2013 16:51
- Published: Thursday, 03 October 2013 16:51
Midfielder Stuart Soane has agreed a three-year contract to remain at Forres Mechanics following his successful loan spell from Formartine United.
Soane found first-team opportunities hard to come by with the Pitmedden side, but has started all five games since joining Mechanics at the start of September on an initial one-month loan.
Can-Cans manager Charlie Rowley has moved quickly to retain Soane's services, with the former Inverness CT player agreeing a deal until 2016.
Rowley said: "We tried to sign Stuart before he went to Formartine when he was leaving Huntly, so we are well aware of his strengths. There is no questioning his ability.
"His best is yet to come, given his lack of minutes with Formartine. He hasn't missed a training session since he's been with us. It just shows what regular game time can do, hopefully he won't pick up niggly injuries in training which have held him back in the past. He's already made a major impact in the squad, and the boys have taken to him immediately. You can see the quality he's got even though he's not been 100% match fit.
"The early indications are that Stuart is feeling extremely good to be at the club. We are in a bit of a false position with so many people missing, we are having set-backs every week. However, Stuart says he hasn't had this feeling since he was at Huntly and at his very best. Hopefully we can get his fitness back to that level."
Meanwhile Deveronvale have also strengthened their squad with the addition of striker Ricky Wardrop from Lossiemouth.
Vale manager Charlie Charlesworth originally signed Wardrop for Lossiemouth from Forres Mechanics in March 2011, having been with Brora Rangers prior to that.
Charlesworth was pleased to be reunited with the attacker.