Butcher deserves his chance at Fraserburgh says assistant boss Duthie

Fraserburgh Manager Mark Cowie, right, and assistant James Duthie.
Fraserburgh Manager Mark Cowie, right, and assistant James Duthie.

Fraserburgh assistant manager James Duthie believes new signing Sean Butcher deserves his chance in the Highland League.

The Broch have recruited the striker from Junior side Longside.

Butcher has penned a two-year deal at Bellslea after he netted over 40 goals for Longside last season.

Duthie, pictured below left, and manager Mark Cowie have been aware of his quality for some time and also saw Butcher in their own side after he played a few trial games towards the end of last season.

Duthie said: “We watched him a lot throughout last season and had seen him in the Juniors.

“He did well and previously when I was manager of Buchanhaven Hearts I had set teams up against him.

“He is a player I’ve been aware of and Mark Cowie has been aware of him as well.

“Willie West’s dad Charles is the manager of Longside so he was willing to let him come along for a couple of trial games and we really appreciate that.

“He played against Cove and did fine and played in a couple of other games.

“He scored over 40 goals in the Juniors and his attitude is great so we thought he was worth a chance.

“He knows it will be difficult and there is a lot of hard work in front of him to get into the team because we have a lot of good strikers at the club.

“But he’s up for the challenge and deserves his opportunity.”

Duthie believes Butcher is a good all-round striker and says it’s now up to the attacker to take his opportunity in the Highland League.

Duthie added: “He’s got decent movement, his link-up play is good, he’s not too bad in the area and he’s a good finisher.

“He has good attributes and we hope to try to make him a better player.

“It’s a good opportunity for Sean and it was a good deal for the club because he was at the end of his contract. “So it’s up to him to take his chance.”

Butcher will face plenty of competition in the Broch squad.

Scott Barbour has returned from Formartine United and Gary Harris, Paul Campbell, Willie West and Graham Johnston will also want to play up front next term.

Duthie believes the competition will be good for Butcher and

he can learn from his fellow attackers.

He said: “Scott Barbour is back, there’s Paul Campbell, Graham Johnston, Gary Harris, Willie West.

“We’ve got a lot of good strikers with experience that will help him adjust to the Highland League.

“He’s a hard working lad desperate for the chance and now he’s got it, it’s down to him and us to make the most of it.”