Evening Express

Exclusive: Megginson rejects Premiership offers to stay with Cove Rangers

Mitch Megginson.

Mitch Megginson has turned down interest from Premiership clubs to stay with Cove Rangers.

The striker, who netted 52 goals last season, has penned a new three-year deal with the Highland League champions.

The Evening Express understands there was interest in the former Aberdeen player from mid-table Premiership sides.

But Megginson, 25, who joined Cove two years ago, has rejected their advances to stay with the Aberdeen team.

On top of that Cove have also re-signed midfielder Blair Yule from Arbroath on a three-year contract.

Megginson said: “I’m glad to get everything sorted and now it’s about focusing on the season ahead and preparing well in pre-season.

“It means a lot to me and to Cove to sign the new contract because there were teams sniffing about and some contacted me to make offers.

“I felt at the time that it had to be something special and there was nothing there that was really catching my eye.

“I won’t name the clubs but I had offers from some Premiership teams and some Championship clubs as well.

“I heard about a few things about Premiership clubs, but there was nothing concrete.

“There was something from one of them, but it wasn’t enough to commit to and I’m more than happy to be staying here and trying to kick on.

“I’m completely focused on Cove and what we are doing and our aim is to get into League Two.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my two years here and we’ve been unlucky not to win two Highland League titles in my time.

“We lost out on goal difference to Buckie Thistle in my first season and then won it last season.

“I aim to win my second next season and make that final push into League Two.

“I think this is security for both myself and Cove and the aim is to get to League Two next season.

“You can see why with the new stadium, it is a League Two ground, we’re all geared up to get into the SPFL and hopefully we’ll get there next season.”

Yule left Cove a year ago for League One Arbroath, but he is thrilled to have returned to the Granite City team.

He said: “It feels good to be back and it feels like I’ve never really been away.

“The travelling combined with increased work commitments made it difficult to be at Arbroath all the time. So it’s the right decision to return to Cove. It’s in Aberdeen which makes the travelling easier and hopefully I can play as much as possible.

“I think the aim for next season has got to be promotion – nothing less.

“They were very close last year so hopefully this is the year, with the new stadium being built as well, hopefully this is the year.

“The new stadium is a big attraction, I’ve just seen it and it looks fantastic.

“Everyone wants to progress and get into the Scottish Leagues and hopefully we can hit the ground running in the new season.”

Cove manager John Sheran said: “It’s a great boost to get Blair Yule in on top of signing Jordon Brown and then to get Mitch Megginson on a new contract as well.

“I’m delighted and it’s fantastic to get it done.

“At this time in his life it suits Mitch to be here and it’s good we’ve been able to keep him.

“We’re delighted to have got Blair back. We’ve been trying to improve the squad and add some quality players over the last couple of years and he fits the bill perfectly.

“He can play a number of different positions and a year’s experience in League One will have done him the world of good.”