Cove Rangers manager John Sheran today hailed new recruit, and former Don, Jamie Masson as an “excellent” signing.
The Aberdeen side have snapped up Masson on a two-year contract from Highland League rivals Formartine United.
Masson has spent the last two seasons with the North Lodge Park outfit after signing on in Pitmedden following his release by Aberdeen in 2015.
During his time with the Reds the 24-year-old had loan spells at Elgin City and Brechin City.
His new boss Sheran is pleased with the addition of Masson to a squad already brimming with talent.
He said: “He knows the league well and he’s proved he’s an excellent player at this level.
“So we hope we can get some good things out of Jamie and he’ll fit in with the players we have already.
“When we played against him you always had to be aware of his strengths and we hope to see Jamie doing well on the ball and working hard without the ball when he’s playing for Cove.”
Sheran is also pleased to have finally landed Masson after pursuing his signature during the last two seasons.
He added: “We’ve tried on a couple of other occasions to get Jamie and have been unsuccessful.
“When he’s signed for Formartine in the past two seasons we have also had talks with him.
“Then we didn’t manage to convince him that Cove was the right place to come, but we’ve managed to convince him this time.”
However, Sheran dismissed the notion it was a good deal for Cove because it weakens rivals Formartine.
When asked, he said: “We weren’t thinking of it along those lines, we were looking at it trying to get the right players for our club.”
Masson made his first appearance for Cove on Tuesday evening in a 4-2 friendly defeat to League One Forfar Athletic at Station Park.
Sheran was happy with his contribution and believes it is now important for the midfielder to build up his fitness ahead of the new Highland League season, which for Cove starts on Saturday, July 29, against Huntly.
“It was good to see him in action against Forfar,” he said. “He came off the bench and played the last half an hour.
“He hasn’t done any training so he’s still got a bit to do training-wise.”