New signing Ryan Ferguson says Cove Rangers are of the same standard as SPFL clubs.
The attacker has joined the Highland League champions on loan from Montrose until January.
The 24-year-old started his career with Dundee United, but since leaving Tannadice in January 2014 he has played for Brechin City and Montrose.
And Ferguson believes Cove are of a similar standard to the SPFL outfits from Angus he has played for.
He said: “We’ve played them a couple of times in pre-season over the last few seasons and I think they have a really good squad and a good manager.
“I know a couple of their players and I know they are good players.
“The club is ambitious and has a goal in sight which is positive so for me it’s a really good move.
“From what I’ve seen of Cove and the squad at the club it is definitely the same standard as the SPFL.
“There are good players and the new stadium is a big thing as well and the club is SPFL standard.”
Ferguson has joined Cove in the hope of getting some regular game time.
After making over 32 appearances in his first two seasons with Montrose last campaign a groin injury restricted him to just five games.
Ferguson knows he will face competition for places in John Sheran’s team, but hopes to become a regular during his loan spell.
He added: “I’ll definitely have competition. I’m not expecting to walk straight into the team.
“They’ve won nine out of nine in the league so I will have to fight for my place, but I’m prepared to do that.
“I had a bad groin injury last season so getting back playing is my aim personally.
“The groin injury ruled me out for the majority of last season.
“But I got a good pre-season this year and I’m injury free so I’m looking forward to getting started.
“I want to help the team and push them to promotion if possible.
“Regular game time is what I’m needing in my career just now and hopefully I’ll get that.”
Although the loan move is only until January, Ferguson would be open to staying the full season and said: “I would be open to staying if things work out and if I help the team then definitely.”