Evening Express

Manager Sheran thrilled to have landed veteran goal-getter McManus’ signature for new Highland season

Cove's Paul McManus.

Cove Rangers manager John Sheran is thrilled to have secured Paul McManus’ services for another season.

The veteran striker has put pen to paper on a one-year contract to stay with Highland League champions for this season.

The 35-year-old joined the Aberdeen outfit in January 2017 and has been an important player for them.

In the second half of last season when Cove’s fixtures were mounting up he stepped into the team and netted a number of important goals.

Sheran is pleased he has been able to tie down the former Raith Rovers, Brechin and Forfar attacker for another season.

He said: “It’s good to keep Paul and he is in good shape, he has worked hard over the summer. “He had a really strong finish to the end of last season so it’s good that he’s come back in good shape.

“He scored a lot of goals towards the end of the season which was good. “He got his fitness levels up to what was required and he’s maintained that and improved it over the summer.”

The re-signing of McManus further strengthens Sheran’s squad.

As well as adding Blair Yule and Jordon Brown to last season’s squad, they have also retained sought-after striker Mitch Megginson.

The Cove gaffer still hopes he will be able to add another new recruit, but is happy with the make-up of his squad.

Sheran added: “We’re there or thereabouts with our squad, we might have another one to come yet. “You are always trying to make the squad better if you can. “We’ll just keep looking to see who we can bring in but we do have good players.”

Cove are also handing a couple of young players a chance in the first-team squad.

Attacker Hamish MacLeod has been promoted from the Under-20s, while Luke Emmett has been signed from Aberdeen.

Sheran said: “Hamish is an attacking player and Luke is a full-back. “Hamish played for the 20s and he’s had one or two run-outs for the first team as well.

“He’s ready to kick on and it will be good to see how they both cope in men’s football.”