SHANE Sutherland has signed a new one-year deal with Elgin City.
The former Caley Thistle attacker penned an extension to his current Elgin contract, handing manager Barry Wilson a further signing boost.
Sutherland (23) netted 16 goals last season for the Moray club, who he joined last summer after being released from Premiership Inverness.
Wilson was delighted to announce the player was staying for another term, only days after confirming fellow goal ace Craig Gunn had also penned an extended deal.
“I’ve had to fight off a few teams and I’ve managed to keep Shane, so it’s great news,” said Barry.
“He’s a big part of the plans I’ve got for the team because he’s a massive player to Elgin.
“It’s taken a while to get him to sign but I’m absolutely delighted we’re finally there.”
In a week that Elgin also announced Gunn and Brian Cameron are extending their contracts, Wilson feels his squad for next season is shaping up nicely.
He had signed defender Gordon Finlayson and Matthew Cooper from Ross County and Inverness respectively, as well as bringing fans’ favourite Daniel Moore back from a year in the Highland League.
The only setback for Wilson’s squad building was goalkeeper John Gibson’s decision to move to Airdrie, a change of heart after initially agreeing to move to Elgin.
“Shane signing is another piece of the jigsaw,” Barry added. “That leaves two more played to bring in, a goalkeeper and one more, possibly a defensive midfield player.”
Wilson has also lined up a total of ten pre season friendlies in July and August.
Scottish League Cup winners Aberdeen have been added to the list of teams City will face this summer, with the Dons visiting Borough Briggs on August 5.
Caley Thistle and Ross County are also coming to Elgin, while the Black and Whites take on Highland League boys Huntly, Nairn, Deveronvale, Clach, Wick and Lossiemouth as well as a trip to non-league Muir of Ord.