Fraserburgh’s stand-in skipper Willie West is relishing the extra responsibility of wearing the armband.
With club captain Ryan Christie injured, deputy West has been leading the Broch in recent weeks and is expected to do so again tomorrow when Buckie Thistle visit Bellslea.
With Christie and others, such as Scott Barbour, Paul Campbell and Jamie Beagrie also unavailble due to injuries, suspension and work commitments West is one of the Buchan team’s senior players.
The striker, who can also play in midfield and defence, enjoys trying to help some of the Broch’s youngster.
West said: “I try to help where I can. I’m probably one of the more experienced players in the team now so it puts an extra responsibility on you to make sure you help the other guys.
“It actually helps me focus and settle into the game more. Communication is a key part of the game and sometimes the young players that come through don’t quite have it.
“So I try to help wherever I can and whether I’m captain or not doesn’t make much difference, but I get a lot of pride from wearing the armband when I’m asked to.”
Fraserburgh are second in the Highland League and looking to keep the pressure on leaders Cove.
Even though Buckie have a number of injuries West still expects a difficult game and added: “Even with their injuries Buckie are still a good side. Our record last year against them wasn’t very good.
“We lost 4-0 in one of the games and got a 2-2 draw in the other. So we’ve got a bit of revenge to get.”
Buckie have new signing Aaron McKenna in contention to make his debut. The midfielder has returned to Scotland after a spell in Australia where he played for Holland Park Hawks in the Brisbane Premier League.
Boss Graeme Stewart is looking forward to seeing him in action and believes tomorrow’s game is a test for his team against one of the top sides after five league wins in a row.
He said: “The games we’ve won haven’t been easy recently but with due respect they’re probably not of the same standard as Fraserburgh.
“We’ve not done too well against the top four or five sides this season so this is going to show us if we’ve improved in the last couple of months.”
On McKenna he added: “Aaron is a very experienced central midfielder so he’ll come in and strengthen us in that area.
“He’s a class player and I don’t think he’ll need much time to settle, which is good for us.
“He’s been playing at a high level in Australia and hopefully he will give us some quality.”