Formartine boss Lawson delighted to capture Greig from rivals Brora

Andrew Greig, left, and Fort's keeper Stephen Foster, right. Picture by Gordon Lennox 20/05/2017

Formartine United player-manager Paul Lawson is delighted to land Andrew Greig from rivals Brora Rangers.

The Pitmedden outfit signed the attaacking midfielder from the Cattachs for an undisclosed fee.

Greig is Lawson’s first signing since taking over as manager at North Lodge Park in September.

Lawson is pleased to have signed someone who has impressed him in recent seasons.

He said: “I’m delighted to get him. In my short time in the league he has impressed me a lot in the games we have played against Brora.

“But I knew about Andrew years ago when he was a young lad at Inverness.

“It’s just great to have him on board and it’s a boost for the squad with the experience coming in.

“He’s relatively young and has won everything with Brora and that can only be a boost for ourselves.

“He’s probably a slightly different player to the ones we have already and he gives us a different option.

“We’re looking to build a strong squad – I’m happy with the squad – but when a player like Andrew becomes available you go for him and we’ve got him which is very pleasing.

“Andrew, after winning everything with Brora, wants a fresh challenge and feels he can get that with us.

“We want to go places with Formartine and hopefully getting players on board like him can help.

“We hope the signing of Andrew can give us a boost.”

Greig has been one of Brora’s key players in recent seasons and has helped them win the Highland League in 2014 and 2015.

He has also lifted the Highland League Cup in 2016 and the North of Scotland Cup this season and last term.

Greig has also picked up his share of individual accolades having won the Highland League Young Player of the Year in 2014 and the Highland League Player of the Year Award the following year.

He joins United’s growing contingent of Inverness-based players along with Conor Gethins, Archie Macphee and Wayne Mackintosh.

Lawson added: “It’s another good thing having a few Inverness boys. It integrates Andrew into the squad very quickly and they are good boys.

“It’s an extra one to share the driving load and I think that helped him make his decision as well because he knew he wouldn’t be travelling down himself all the time.

“He has the others to bounce off of, which makes it a lot easier for him.”

Formartine were due to face Fraserburgh last night in a Highland League clash at Bellslea, but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Meanwhile, Huntly have appointed Charlie Charlesworth as their new manager. Charlesworth has plenty of Highland League experience having had two spells in charge of Lossiemouth and a period as manager of Deveronvale. He has been out of work since quitting Lossie in January of this year.

Charlesworth takes charge with Black and Golds players his son Martin and Gary McGowan stepping up to become player-coaches.

He takes over from co-managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson who turned down new contracts last week.

Huntly director of football Steve Innes said: “Charlie’s pedigree is excellent and it’s great to secure him. He was the unanimous choice of the board.”