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Forres Mechanics manager Gordon Connelly believes he has signed a good prospect in Shaun Morrison and is running the rule over two more former Caley Thistle players

By Craig Christie

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FORRES Mechanics have signed one former Caley Thistle youngster and are on the trail of another two.

Forres manager Gordon Connelly. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Forres manager Gordon Connelly. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Cans manager Gordon Connelly completed the signing of 18-year-old striker Shaun Morrison last week.

The teenager came through the ranks of the Inverness club’s youth set-up and played for their under-18s before being released.

Two of his team-mates also freed by ICT – Cammy Hoath and Scott Docherty – are training with Mechanics as well in the hope of winning a deal.

“Shaun is a young lad that we were recommended when he was released from Inverness last month,” said Connelly.

“He can play wide or through the middle and he has got lots of pace. We thought he was worthy of taking in.

“He has an eye for goal and he obviously has potential. He’s the type of player that we are looking to build around for the long-term at the club.

“We invited three of them along to training. Cammy and Scott are still training with us and Shaun has been with us a couple of weeks longer than them.

“We are casting the eye over them. They have only been to one session, so they have come in and they are enjoying it. We will see what the next couple of weeks brings.”

Connelly also brought in goalkeeper Lee Herbert on loan from Buckie Thistle and former Rothes midfielder Jack Maley on a short-term contract until the end of February.

Herbert has now returned to Buckie, with Mechanics keeper Stuart Knight fit again after a few weeks out with a groin strain.

Connelly is hopeful that the Covid issues in his squad have diminished and if the situation is similar with Saturday’s hosts Lossiemouth, the Moray derby should go ahead.

“We’re looking forward to getting a game again. It’s going to be an exciting month. There’s games going to be flying at us, so we will get them going again and hopefully Covid stays away,” he said.

More good news for Mechanics fans is that former Ross County pair Jack Grant and Joe Gauld have both pledged their futures to the club by signing contract extensions.

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