Alan Redford insists Cove Rangers need to keep their focus for the League Two play-offs after they clinched the Highland League title.
The Aberdeen side’s 5-0 win over Clachnacuddin at Harlaw Park on Saturday combined with Fraserburgh’s 4-0 loss to Wick Academy means they are champions.
Cove’s aim for the season has been to win the title and go through the play-offs to gain promotion to League Two.
They will now face the Lowland League winners, which will be either Spartans or East Kilbride, on April 28 and May 2 before taking on League Two’s bottom side on May 5 and 12.
Defender Redford said: “It’s a fantastic feeling, it was the perfect day for us.
“A great performance – and Wick beating Fraserburgh has done us a big favour in getting the league won earlier than we anticipated.
“It’s absolutely brilliant – I don’t think you can ever tire of winning titles. The fact there are play-offs to follow, we’ve got to keep one eye on that.
“We’ve got to enjoy the celebrations and enjoy winning the league but then focus again for the play-offs which are more important.
“We’ve got a lot of hard games to come, we’re going to have to try to rotate and keep the boys as fresh as possible so that we’re ready when the play-offs come.”
Cove boss John Sheran added: “It’s brilliant, to win it with five games to go is just fantastic.
“On Saturday they were brilliant all over the park. They’ve been like that all season, we had a couple of nervy ones in midweek, but we got them won.
“Thanks to Wick and Formartine for doing us a turn and getting it won a bit quicker and I think we deserved it.
“Now the players will want to try to go to the end of the season unbeaten. The objective was to get into the play-offs and we’re there now and we’ll have to see if we can get them done as well.
“Thanks to Inverurie for the use of their pitch. Arthur and Eina Robertson do a fantastic job preparing the pitch.
“I’ve got to thank the directors for putting players on the park, we improved the quality of the squad this season and that’s made a big difference.
“We need to just move forward now and see what we can do in the play-offs.”
Cove chairman Keith Moorhouse said: “It’s great for the club and everybody at the club, particularly the players and management who have worked so hard to get us where we are today.
“The people behind the scenes have contributed along the way.
“Whoever we face (in the play-offs) is going to be a tough game.
“If we are fortunate enough to win the first play-off, team 42 will be very difficult because they are a Scottish League club and you’ve got to give them that level of respect.
“We’re a third of the way there as I see it, but it’s nice to be a third of the way there.”
It took just five minutes for Cove to break the deadlock when Paul McMANUS fired home from 12 yards after Daniel Park’s cross from the right.
Four minutes later the second arrived when Park’s cross was nodded across goal by McManus, with Connor SCULLY netting.
Shortly after the half-hour there was a second for SCULLY when he headed home Mitch Megginson’s cross.
It was 4-0 just after the hour when Harry Milne played McMANUS through and the striker scored with a first-time finish. The fifth was scored with 14 minutes left by sub Jamie Masson from the right angle of the box and Clach had John MacAskill sent off late on for a second booking.
Cove had other chances but five was enough as they secured the title.