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Forres Mechanics set to make new signing and assistant manager Steve MacLean is relishing Saturday's Highland League opener at Strathspey Thistle

By Craig Christie

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Forres Mechanics could have a fresh face signed up in time for Saturday's Highland League kick-off.

Lucas Davidson (left) in action at Buckie Rovers.
Lucas Davidson (left) in action at Buckie Rovers.

The Cans make the opening day trip to Strathspey Thistle - bossed by Forres legend Charlie Brown - and are set to make an addition to their squad.

Former Ross County and Buckie Thistle man Lucas Davidson has been on trial at Mechanics and is understood to have agreed a two-year deal to sign for the Mosset Park club.

Mechanics assistant manager Steve MacLean is excited to see what Davidson can do in a chocolate and gold shirt, should his transfer go through this week.

"Lucas is a cracking player technically and he’s beautiful to watch," said MacLean, who was impressed by the midfielder's performance in Saturday's 5-0 pre-season victory over Lossiemouth united.

"On Saturday he was spraying balls around for fun and it’s really nice to see a player with that level of technique.

"It’s a step-up from what he’s used to so he knows he will have to keep working hard but the signs are that he has been."

Davidson, who left Ross County at 16 to join his local team Buckie and was also farmed out to Buckie Rovers and Deveronside, filled in at left back during Cans' pre-season but MacLean sees him making an impact in the opposition half.

"He’s more likely to play further forward, whether that’s left of a four or centrally of a three. He will always be left-sided but the plan is to try him in centre midfield, wide left or number 10 because he’s got that creative ability."

Forres also have former Inverness amateur player Ian Ross on trial and will continue to assess him before deciding if they will make a move to sign him.

"I think Ian could have stepped up to Highland League a bit earlier if it wasn’t for work commitments," said Maclean. "He has freed up a bit of time now.

"I don’t think Lucas has missed a training session and although Ian didn’t start pre-season with us, since he has come in I don’t think he has missed a session either. The plan is to monitor Ian as we go along.

"We are looking at others but whether or not anything else will happen at this stage we are not sure.

"It’s more likely to be loan deals now and it’s all about try to get the right players in for positions you would like to strengthen."

Forres have already signed striker Ben Barron from Caley Thistle, winger Callum Murray from Buckie and defender Andrew Skinner from Strathspey Thistle.

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