Aaron Norris says the chance to help Formartine United win silverware was a major factor in extending his loan with the club.
The midfielder arrived at North Lodge Park in September on a short-term basis from Peterhead. The initial deal was until January before it was extended until the end of the season.
Norris is set to line up for the Pitmedden men against Highland League leaders Cove Rangers in Saturday’s Highland League Cup final at Inverurie’s Harlaw Park.
Having helped United win the Aberdeenshire Shield Norris would love to claim a second trophy this term.
He said: “It’s a good thing to have won one cup already and to be contesting for another is great.
“But I think we’re the type of team that strives to win everything and could have hoped to have a better run in the league.
“Personally my time at the club has been great and the cups were one of the reasons for wanting to extend my loan until the end of the season.
“To have that chance to win silverware and having done that in one competition and be in a final in another is why I wanted to come back.
“There were many reasons for wanting to join Formartine but games like Saturday are games you want to be involved in.
“There’s always a certain buzz you get about winning a cup so I’m really looking forward to Saturday and hope we can win yet another trophy.”
Meanwhile, Cove’s Harry Milne is pleased he has managed to recover from injury in time to feature in the final.
The left back made his comeback from a hamstring problem sustained against Nairn County on March 2 in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Wick Academy.
With Saturday’s final as well as three more league games and potentially the pyramid play-offs to come for the Granite City side, Milne is returning at a good time.
He said: “I did my hamstring a few weeks ago and I was hoping to be back for the Brora game (on March 23).
“I was up there supporting the boys but I wasn’t quite ready for that one and then I couldn’t make the Fort William game.
“It was good to get back against Wick and it means I’ve managed to get back for the final which is good. The gaffer said to me that nothing would be won or lost against Brora and that there were plenty more games after that. There’s the cup final and three league games as well as potentially the play-offs.
“If we are in them we don’t want to have a lot of players injured like last year. But this season we are fortunate to have a big squad and it keeps the competition for places really high.”
With only four points needed to win the league and the Aberdeenshire Cup already secured Cove could end the season with a treble.
Milne added: “All the focus over the season has been on the league.
“But to win the League Cup would be a nice bonus because I’m not sure when we last managed to win the league and League Cup in the same season.
“Winning trophies is always nice because that’s why you play football.
“We are always close in the latter stages of competitions.
“This season we have a really good chance of walking away with three trophies and going into the play-offs full of confidence.”