Great to see you back mate. Look forward to following along with Fraser's career and hopefully toppling the Glasgow domination in Scotland. Although the immediate attention will be placed on a promotion for the first time in a good couple of decades. Good luck!
Since my arrival at the club I have worked tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming season. I agreed with the board and directors that it would be in the best interests of everyone that the existing backroom staff under Gavin Price remained in place to ensure there is a level of consistency and not a complete upheaval. I was given permission to add to the staff at the club and throughout our discussions, I have been in contact with numerous people to get a complete backroom team in place prior to pre-season.
Today I can confirm the appointments of Jack Byrne and John Stewart to our scouting team. Jack will be our Chief Scout whilst John will operate underneath working alongside myself to identify potential targets to bring to Borough Briggs - whether that be for the first-team, the U23's or the U18's. Given the club has had to cut back on youth recruitment due to financial limitations - meaning there will be no youth intake for the foreseeable future - it is imperative that we operate effectively in our recruitment across all three squads.
The third and final addition to the backroom staff is the appointment of Colin Shearer as first-team Coach. He will work alongside both Head of Youth Development and Reserves Manager Robbie Hope and Goalkeeping Coach Steven Dunn.
We are also delighted to announce our first, second and third signing ahead of the new season. Myself and the scouting team recognised we had inherited a rather bereft squad with very little depth, in particular on the left of midfield.
Therefore it was key that we operated quickly to ensure we bring in talent and give them plenty of time to integrate alongside the rest of the squad over pre-season and over our campaign in the Betfred League Cup - where we have been drawn alongside St Johnstone, Alloa Athletic, Forfar Athletic and Peterhead.
Having been released from Sky Bet League One side Blackpool over the summer, we are delighted to announce the arrival of Finlay Sinclair-Smith. The Liverpudlian made his senior debut in August 2017 in a 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic in the EFL Trophy before signing a professional deal in 2018.
Sinclair-Smith, 20, was recognised by the LFE (League Football Education) for his achievements on and off the pitch and enjoyed two loan spells last season with Marine in the Northern Premier League and Widnes in the Northern Premier League Division One North, respectively.
The second arrival to Borough Briggs is another left-sided midfielder as Marco Koelewijn joins on a one-year-deal. Born in Airdrie to Dutch parents, Marco is eligible to play for both Scotland and the Netherlands and has been attracting the attention of national scouts for either nation despite having yet to make a senior appearance.
At just sixteen, Marco is hoping to make an impression in League Two and will be competing alongside Sinclair-Smith for the number seven shirt.
Our final addition to the squad at this time is central-midfielder Romário Vieira on a free transfer after the 20-year-old was released by his previous club Leeds United at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Romário joined the youth setup at Leeds alongside his brother Ronaldo, who was already a first-team regular, on a one-year-deal from Tadcaster Albion - a Northern Premier League side - having rejected the opportunity to play his football over in Czech Republic. After impressing in the U23 side, he was named on the substitutes bench for the first time against Hull City and would be named within the substitutes again the following week against Cardiff City.
Following the sacking of head-coach Thomas Christiansen, Romário found his chances limited and was subsequently handed his release that summer. He enjoyed trials with numerous Football League clubs including Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City and Notts County but never agreed terms.
An international for Guinea-Bissau having been capped as a second-half substitute against Burkina Faso in March 2018, we are excited about what Romário will bring to the side, usually operating as a more defensive-minded option in the middle of the park.
All three players will feature in our opening game of pre-season away to Lothian Thistle at Saughton Enclosure on Saturday 6th July.
RepliesJustice: Thank you very much
Seb: Cheers mate! Indeed the focus has to be on the immediate future and guiding Elgin out of the depths of the fourth-tier once and for all.