Connor Scully is relishing trying to keep his place in Cove Rangers’ midfield.
He has been an almost ever-present for the Highland League champions who have made a blistering start in defence of their crown, racking up 48 points from a possible 51.
But with Ryan Strachan returning from injury and Sam Burnett also close to making a comeback Scully knows there is increasing competition for his central midfield berth.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game against Rothes at the Balmoral Stadium, he said: “I’ve only missed three games this season and that was because my daughter was in the process of being born.
“Other than that I’ve played 90 minutes just about every game.
“Last season the manager John Sheran put me in the middle of the park at the end of the season after Ryan Strachan was injured.
“I haven’t really looked back. I enjoy playing in the middle and I like working hard in the middle of the park. I’m chuffed that I have managed to cement a place in the middle and hopefully I can keep it until the end of the season.
“I’ve got to play at least 90% every game to be back in the squad.
“It’s not a case of if you have a bad game you might be all right – you have to play well every week.
“Ryan Strachan is breathing down my neck, so’s Sam Burnett and others. It’s a good challenge and we’re all friends at this club and we enjoy the challenge.”
On facing Rothes Scully added: “Rothes are a good side. We won 4-0 against them earlier in the season and played really well that night – we’ll need to do the same again.”
Elsewhere in the league Huntly play Fort William.
Meanwhile, Cove will play Wick Academy at home in the Highland League Cup semi-finals. In the other tie Brora Rangers meet holders Formartine United at Dudgeon Park with the matches to be played on Saturday, March 16.