Brechin City boss happy with his new recruits

Brechin City manager Andy Kirk has freshened up his Glebe Park squad as he aims to power through the second half of the campaign.
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City kickstarted their 2022 at the weekend with a convincing 4-0 home win over Fort William.

It drew a line under back-to-back defeats which have cost the side ground in the race for the Highland League title.

But Kirk is a long way from throwing in the towel and bolstered his squad with a couple of new signings.

Brechin City's Jamie Bain penned a new deal ahead of the weekend's victory. Pic by Graeme YoungsonBrechin City's Jamie Bain penned a new deal ahead of the weekend's victory. Pic by Graeme Youngson
Brechin City's Jamie Bain penned a new deal ahead of the weekend's victory. Pic by Graeme Youngson

Defender Nathan Cooney joins the club on-loan from Dundee United until the end of the season.

The Tangerines academy graduate has previously had spells out on-loan at Kelty Hearts and Raith Rovers and spent the first half of the season at League 2 side Elgin City.

Midfielder Seth Patrick has joined Brechin until the end of the season.

Patrick, who was most recently with English outfit St Ives, started out his career at Northampton Town and also had spells with Shwanheim and VfB Lübeck in Germany before returning to the UK.

The 21 year-old has also represented his native Zimbabwe at under-23 level.

Both played their part at the weekend, the game won thanks to Garry Wood’s hat-trick and a strike from Ewan Louden.

"The level of the performance and the energy were good,” Kirk told the Glebe TV.

"It’s four goals and a clean sheet.

"There were a few new faces in the squad which was nice to freshen things up.

"Nathan looked really comfortable, coming from Dundee United he’s technically good.

"He has pace and done extremely well.

"Seth in midfield has come into the group this week and, credit to him, he’s settled well.

"Some of his stuff was really good.

"They both haven’t played a lot of football recently so I’m pleased with their levels.

"It’s a starting point and we know we can get more out of them.”

The club has also announced that top scorer Marc Scott and vice-captain Jamie Bain have both pledged their futures to by signing contract extensions.

Both players have been instrumental figures for City this season and the new contracts will see them at Glebe Park until the summer of 2023.

After netting the winner against Alloa Athletic on his debut, Scott has continued to impress for his hometown club, notching 12 goals and his pace and direct style of play has caused plenty problems for opposition defences.

After signing from Clyde in the summer, Bain has been almost ever-present for City at the back and has proved to be one of the club’s most reliable and consistent performers.

He has made 25 appearances and although he has yet to get on the scoresheet for City, he came agonisingly close at the weekend hitting the woodwork twice.

"We’ve got Mark and Jamie secured for next season and that’s important because they are two big, big players for the squad,” added Kirk.

"There are others who we’ll be speaking to.”

Leaving the club, though, are midfielder Jack Milne and Lyall Booth.

City travel to Brora this weekend.