Highland League: Hunter returns to Haughs to give Turriff a lift

Kris Hunter.

Turriff United chairman George Manson believes new manager Kris Hunter will give the club a “lift”.

Hunter has been announced as Graeme Roy’s replacement and returns for a second spell as boss at the Haughs having first managed them between 2009 and 2011.

Hunter was Turra manager when the club joined the Highland League in 2009.

He also led them to their first piece of silverware after stepping up from Junior football when they won the Aberdeenshire Shield in the 2010/11 season with victory over Aberdeen in the final.

Hunter, pictured, left the Haughs in the summer of 2011 to join Fraserburgh where he had a successful career as a player.

After winning the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup twice with the Broch, he left Bellslea in 2015 after almost four years at the helm to manage Formartine United.

Hunter left the Pitmedden side last August, but is now back in the game and will take charge of Saturday’s League Cup tie away to Brora Rangers.

His chairman Manson said: “We were keen when the opportunity came up.

“We had him before and that was his first go in Highland League management.

“We had two really good candidates, Kris and another, that put themselves up for the job.

“I think that Kris will give us a lift and we are needing a lift right now.

“Kris supports our plan for the coming seasons which will involve playing some youngsters. It’s the way forward for us.”

The appointment of Hunter ends a turbulent period for Turriff. They sacked Ross Jack on January 8 before appointing Roy until the end of the season, however he quit after three games claiming decisions about players were being made by club officials without his knowledge.