Formartine United manager Kris Hunter today praised youngster Shane Jamieson.
The 20-year-old centre-back has been outstanding since coming into the United first team.
Jamieson, who hails from Shetland, was introduced after Formartine’s 5-1 hammering by Cove and made his first team bow last Wednesday in a 6-1 win at home to Rothes.
His fine form continued in Saturday’s win over Turriff United at the Haughs.
These victories see Formartine fourth in the league, eight points behind leaders Buckie Thistle.
North Lodge Park boss Hunter explained how the Islander has ended up in Pitmedden.
He said: “We played Shetland in a pre-season friendly and he stood out.
“Then we were told after the game he was looking for a club to train with because his job is in Aberdeen.”
The former Fraserburgh and Turriff manager is delighted at the way Jamieson has adapted to Highland League football.
“He was brilliant, absolutely brilliant against Turriff.
“One of the men of the match in my team – absolutely tremendous.
“With his defending, there was one time he was on the ground and he still managed to get a tackle in.
“The guy up front, Andrej (Kleczkowski) for Turriff, is a handful but I thought he matched him really well,” said Hunter.
Jamieson’s introduction to the Pitmedden top team has been timely for the North Lodge Park club.
Hunter added: “To me it’s a great find with losing Craig McKeown, Shane gives us good balance because he’s comfortable on the left and he’s a presence in defence.”
Club captain McKeown underwent surgery for a recurrence of a cruciate ligament injury suffered in a pre-season friendly against Peterhead.
A similar injury caused McKeown to miss most of last term and he is expected to miss the rest of this season.