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Dolan delight as Pennet pens deal

By Craig Christie

Grant Pennet, Deveronvale v Rothes, Deveronvale FC, Highland League
Grant Pennet, Deveronvale v Rothes, Deveronvale FC, Highland League

DEVERONVALE have persuaded goalkeeper Grant Pennet to extend his contract at the club for another two years.

The 32-year-old penned a deal which will keep him at the Banff outfit until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Vale manager Stevie Dolan couldn't hide his delight at keeping the experienced shot stopper at Princess Royal Park for the long term future.

"I'm really pleased that Grant has extended his contract," said Dolan. "He's a great keeper and has a real enthusiasm for the game and the club.

"He has been a key player for us, forms part of the backbone of our side and is a positive role model for our younger players."

Injury had kept Pennet out for a large part of 2018 with Vale's other keeper Errol Watson filling his place, but Pennet has won his place back and pleased his manager with his performances.

"He has made a full recovery from the Achilles tendon injury he suffered at Brora last season and is getting back to his best form."

Pennet, who had also had spells at Huntly, Turriff United and Inverurie Locos in his Highland League career, joined Vale at the start of the 2015-16 season.

The keeper and his Vale team-mates were put out of action last weekend due to the weather, with a frozen Princess Royal Park pitch meaning Saturday's clash with Rothes was postponed.

Deveronvale had kicked off the new year in positive fashion with a 2-1 victory at home to Clach on January 5.

The following weekend they crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Fraserburgh, where they had won earlier this season in the Highland League Cup.

Should the cold snap relent this coming Saturday, Vale will be back in action with a tasty coast derby away to arch rivals Buckie Thistle.

The last meeting between the Banffshire pair was a disappointing one for Vale, as Jags picked up a 3-0 win at PRP back in September.

Goals by Declan Milne, Andy MacAskill (penalty) and Jay Cheyne did the business for Buckie.

However Vale enjoyed great success over their coast neighbours last term, winning all three derby clashes between the teams.

Lewis Dunbar scored a memorable late winner in a 3-2 Vale victory at Victoria Park in the first league clash. The Banff men led 2-0 through a Grant Noble double before Buckie hit back to level in the closing 15 minutes.

Vale then thumped Jags 3-0 in Banff in the Aberdeenshire Shield, and completed a superb derby treble with a 2-1 league success last March.

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