Formartine United player-manager Paul Lawson has hailed Ryan Stott as a “great” signing.
The attacker has joined the Pitmedden side from rivals Cove Rangers.
The 28-year-old is Formartine’s first signing of the summer after Lawson, pictured, secured him on a two-year deal.
The manager said: “It’s a very good signing and we’re very pleased to get him on board. “He’s come from a successful Cove side and it’s pleasing that he wanted to join us. “We want to kick on next season and we think he’s a great addition.
“We’re just looking forward to getting started.”
Since finishing second in the Highland League in the recently-concluded season, Formartine have allowed Jamie Michie and Scott Barbour to leave North Lodge Park.
Lawson was keen to replace Barbour with another left-sided attacker and believes Stott fits the bill.
He added: “I think initially his pace is his major asset. That’s one of his strengths, which is great. “We let Scott Barbour go so we were looking for a forward player and Ryan fits the bill of the sort of player we were after.
“Ryan is very direct and I’m sure the likes of Garry Wood and Connor Gethins will benefit from that.
“He likes to get down the line and put balls in the box. “That’s something that we’re keen for him to do and hopefully the other forward players will benefit from that.”
Lawson also believes Stott will bring a winning mentality to United.
During his two spells with Cove he helped them win the Highland League twice.
Lawson said: “He’s a winner and that’s the biggest thing. “He’s won a number of trophies in the last few years at Cove and we keep talking about building something at Formartine and hopefully he can be a part of that.
“He was very keen to join us and be part of things so it’s another strength added to our forward position. “He can play a few positions across the forward line.”
There could be more Formartine signings on the way soon and Lawson said: “We’re looking at a couple of options still, but we’ll have to see what is to come.”