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Trio of signings marks Rothie's move to Junior football

By David Porter

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Rothie Rovers will be playing Junior Football next season after confirmation of the move was made during the recent Scottish Junior Football Association AGM.

With the promotion all but signed off several weeks ago, the team have been busy with a restart of training and development work to their home ground in Rothienorman.

The club has already completed new enclosing fencing at the pitch and have submitted a planning application for various small adjustments such as the siting of converted shipping container which will serve as a new away team dugout.

Vice-chairman Bryan McKinnon and manager Kevin Beaton. Picture: David Porter.
Vice-chairman Bryan McKinnon and manager Kevin Beaton. Picture: David Porter.

Three new signings have also taken place, the first of whom is Highland League legend Kenny Coull.

In a statement the club said: "All at Rothie Rovers are delighted to announce that the Highland League legend has joined the coaching staff as the club begin a new chapter in the North Region Junior FA.

"On the park Kenny boasts a tremendous CV with multiple successes with Cove Rangers before finishing his playing career at that level with Inverurie Locos after a season at Formartine United.

"Furthermore the managerial experiences he had whilst co-manager at Inverurie Loco Works FC will be unbelievably valuable to both players and the current management team as they look to make an impact at the higher level."

Next to join the line up is Ewan Clark who joins Rovers having spent last season at local side Turriff Thistle where his goals played a pivotal role in pushing them towards promotion to the AAFA Premier League before being cruelly denied the promotion on a vote.

His experience from playing at Deveronside prior to last season will also be of huge benefit to the club as they join the North Region Junior FA.

The club also welcomes back striker Scott Moir.

He player a pivotal role in the clubs double cup success during the 2018/19 Season which earned him a move to Superleague side Maud last season.

Having started the campaign well at his new club an unfortunate an injury derailed his involved before the ongoing pandemic cut the season short.

Kenny Coull
Kenny Coull

Commenting on their acceptance, the club's vice chairman Bryan McKinnon said: "It's a proud day for Rothie Rovers being accepted to the Junior league.

"A lot has changed from my first year at the club when we were playing out of Insch.

"The club has improved each year both on and off the park and we have facilities and a team to be proud of.

"There’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes by the committee, management and players and it’s all been worthwhile.

"We look forward to continuing to push forward in the years to come. "

Richard Easton NRJA secretary said: "The North Region Junior FA are delighted to welcome Rothie Rovers into the association, following their acceptance into the Scottish Junior FA at the AGM.

"Rothie Rovers will play in the Second Division alongside the nine clubs who competed in the division in season 2019-20."

Rover's AGM has been moved to Sunday, August 9 at 2.30pm and will take place in the lounge area of The Rothie Inn with social distancing measures in place.

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