BARRY Wilson’s efforts to shift Elgin City’s balance towards the North persuaded Shane Sutherland to sign an extended deal with the Moray club.
The former Premier League attacker believes an Elgin squad playing and training together can have a serious crack at promotion next season.
Sutherland (23) joined the Borough Briggs men from Caley Thistle last summer and played in every single minute of a season which he feels was a big disappointment to the supporters.
He blames the North-South divide in the camp, and said coming from full-time football at Inverness to being able to train with fewer than half of Elgin’s starting eleven during the week was a puzzling situation for him.
Next term, the vast majority of manager Wilson’s pool will train together twice a week in the North, a set-up Sutherland believes could have huge benefit.
“I found coming from full-time to part-time and then training with only four or five players from the eleven that were playing on the Saturday to be something completely different,” he said.
“But as soon as Barry came in, that was the first thing he mentioned: to have a nucleus of the squad based in this area and training together. He’s done that, and it will definitely help us.
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