Eric Watson is looking to celebrate his new Cove contract in style – by adding another piece of silverware to his collection.
The veteran centre-back revealed he has penned a one-year deal with the champions.
It looks set to be a big month for club captain Watson, with the Highland League Cup final against Formartine and potentially another league title in store – and there’s still more to come.
“A new contract, hopefully win the cup, we’ve got the league and next week is my birthday, so there’s a lot happening,” he said.
“It’s an extension on my contract until the end of next season and we’ll see where we are then.
“The club wanted me to stay, so I was more than happy to sign.
“It’s a great bunch of guys and we’ve got some good young lads coming through now, and we are always challenging for cup finals and in the league.”
Watson is in his testimonial year with the club having joined from Tayport Juniors in 2007.
In his decade with Cove, he has established himself as one of the most dominant defenders in the division.
A host of medals have come along with that in a variety of different competitions.
But Highland League Cup success has been relatively sparse for Watson – something he would like to address tomorrow.
He said: “This will be my fourth time in the final.
“I’ve played in three others but only won one, so I would be desperate to get another one.”
To land another one means overcoming adversaries Formartine.
The two teams have vied with each other on a regular basis in recent years, in the league and cups.
There is a degree of feistiness whenever the sides meet and that is something that makes the fixture even more special for Watson.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing Formartine,” he added.
“It’s a good local derby and they have some big-name players which always adds a bit of extra spice to it.
“I do enjoy these types of games and it’s a cup final as well, the biggest of the season in the Highland League.
“I’m sure there will be a few fireworks in the game.”
Both sides have an array of attacking options that would be the envy of most clubs in the Highland League.
Watson expects the teams to try to show off their capabilities in the final, but he feels it could be decided by the defences.
“It will be a really open game, both teams like to attack and I don’t think either side will sit in.
“I think it will be down to who deals best with the strikers on the day.”
The cup game breaks up the end of the season for Cove, who still have three games left as they look to defend their Highland League crown.
And Watson hopes the players can just enjoy themselves in the final.
“Hopefully it’s a good day, it’s a game we can go out and enjoy with no pressure on us from the league,” he said.
“We can just go out and express ourselves in the game, so I hope it can give the guys a bit more freedom.”