Cove Rangers skipper Eric Watson is determined to add a silver lining to his testimonial season.
The 34-year-old also hopes leading them to glory will help convince manager John Sheran to give him a new deal.
Watson will lead Cove in the pick of tomorrow’s Highland League Cup quarter-finals, away to Forres Mechanics.
Cove only just managed to beat the Can-Cans 3-2 in their league clash atHarlaw Park last weekend.
That victory ensured Watson was able to enjoy his testimonial dinner, which took place in Aberdeen later that night.
A gala game is also planned later in the year.
But Watson confessed he won’t really enjoy his tribute year if Cove fail to get their hands on a trophy this term.
“That’s what it’s all about to me,” said Watson, who has been rewarded for more than a decade of service to the reigning Highland League champions.
“Winning another league title is the priority. That’s the main focus for us right now.
“It will actually be good to get a bit of a break from the pressure of chasing that by playing the cup tie.
“Don’t get me wrong, we want to go as far as we can in that as well.
“We also know we will need to be at the very top of our game if we hope to beat Forres again.
“But the league title is the one everyone wants.
“We plan to keep the pressure on Brora, Buckie and Formartine as the campaign moves into the closing stages.
“We will try to keep winning and see where that takes us.”
Watson is out of contract in the summer and feels his chances of a new deal would be enhanced if he can lift one of the major prizes again.
“I want to stay and feel there is at least another season left in me,” he said.
“Cove will also be playing out of their new stadium next season.
“They were talking about moving out of Allan Park when I joined the club 10 years ago.
“It’s an exciting development for us and it would be great to be the one leading Cove out for their first game.
“If I can be a winning captain again this season then I might have more chance of that.”
Watson agreed they were fortunate to edge out Forres at Inverurie last weekend.
“It was a horrendous performance by us,” he said.
“Forres definitely deserved to take something but we showed great character to dig in and get the three points. We might not be so fortunate a second time, we need to raise our game.”
Cove boss John Sheran said: “We will definitely need to play a lot better.
“It might help that we didn’t have a midweek game.
“It’s been a busy spell and that has seen us start some matches a bit sluggish.
“We are expecting another close game because Forres are one of the top sides in the league.”
Cove will again be without the injured Jonny Smith.
Forres will be without Stuart Soane, who scored their two goals against Cove but is suspended for the cup rematch.
But Can-Cans boss Charlie Rowley is determined to see his team march on to the semis.
Rowley said: “We can’t win the league, so the cup tie is the more important one for us.
“No two games in Highland football are the same.
“Cove got the breaks last time, hopefully it will be our turn tomorrow.
“If we match their work rate and physical threat we are capable of winning it.”