Martin Scott is savouring being involved in Cove Rangers’ promotion push after one of the most difficult seasons of his career.
The 33-year-old joined the Granite City side last month and has helped them retain the Highland League title and win the Highland League Cup.
Scott, who is commonly referred to by his nickname of Jimmy, will also have a role to play in the pyramid play-offs as Cove bid to reach League Two.
They face Lowland League champions East Kilbride next Saturday at K Park in the first leg of the tie for the right to face League Two’s bottom side.
Scott joined Cove after being released by Cowdenbeath. The former Ross County man admits he found it difficult with game time at the Blue Brazil limited.
And he has thanked Cove for allowing him to enjoy his football again.
Scott said: “It’s been magnificent for me because I’ve gone from having one of my most difficult seasons as a player to, in a couple of months, being part of a really special group.
“I was saying it to the coaching staff after the game with Forres on Saturday.
“It’s a really good group with lots of potential and I hope we can kick on in the play-offs and do it.
“The dressing room is actually quite similar to the one I was in at Ross County that reached the Scottish Cup final in 2010.
“The boys are at a good age and round about them the experienced players make it a really good blend.
“It’s a good mix and the manager has loads of options – it’s a strong squad throughout.
“You look at the bench and every player is capable of coming on and changing the game.
“On top of that everyone is working in the same direction and that’s massive in football.
“If you have everyone wanting to do well and pulling together for the club it makes a massive difference.”
Joining Cove was a big commitment for Scott, who lives in Livingston.
But after speaking to manager John Sheran he was sold on the idea, and recalled facing Cove while with Ross County in a Scottish Cup tie in 2008 (4-2 Staggies win) and with Stenhousemuir last season in an Irn-Bru Cup tie (2-0 Cove win).
Scott added: “I could have signed for a couple of clubs more local to myself in Livingston.
“But after a three-minute phone call with the manager at Cove I wanted to come and be part of it.
“I remember playing against Cove with Ross County in a cup game a good few years ago and even then they were a good side that played at a high tempo.
“I was speaking to our captain Eric Watson about it because he played in that game and he’s still here.
“When I was at Stenhousemuir they beat us in a cup game and they knocked the ball about well and I was very impressed.
“The way Cove play and the mix of the squad seem to be a good fit for me. The boys have been magnificent at accepting me into the group and making me feel welcome and I can’t speak highly enough of them.”