Published: 26/04/2014 19:12 - Updated: 26/04/2014 19:22

Four set to leave Elgin City

Written byCraig Christie

ELGIN City boss Barry Wilson has revealed that defenders David Niven and Sean Crighton are leaving the club.

David Niven gave Elgin an early lead.
David Niven is one of four Elgin City players heading for the exit door.

Goalkeeper Ray Jellema and midfielder Paul Harkins are two more confirmed to be quitting Borough Briggs for pastures new.

Wilson held talks with his squad before and after Saturday’s 5-0 victory over East Stirling.

He said Niven turned down the chance to sign a new deal while Crighton could be set to move to Championship outfits Morton or Queen of the South.

It emerged later on Saturday that Jellema and Harkins would not be given new contracts.

The City boss admitted it had been the toughest day in his three month term in charge, despite his team gaining their first home win since he took over.

Goals by Craig Gunn, Graham Bayne, Sam Urquhart, Jamie Duff and Harkins meant City completed their home programme for the season in style.

“I’m delighted with the win, but it’s been a hard day,” Barry said. “We’ve had to tell players some players that there’s no contracts for them, and we’ve had to talk about contracts with others.

“It’s been hard for me, psychologically so. I’m just pleased that I can at least put this result to bed and enjoy it.”

For Niven, who joined City from Ross County in 2007, it is the end of an era and Wilson admitted he was sad to see the player go.

“Niv was one we were wanting to talk about contracts to. We were going to offer him one but he’s been offered two or three deals down the road nearer home, I think for the benefit of himself and the club.

“He’s been a great servant and a good friend of mine but he just felt with the direction the club is going, or trying to go to, that probably now is the time to go.”

Greenock-based Crighton had been given permission to train with Queen of the South recently, but is also weighing up a possible offer from his home town club Morton.

Wilson also confirmed that current skipper Jamie Duff has agreed a new deal, along with a group of younger players including Ceiran MacLean, Darryl McHardy, Adam MacLeod and Connor Macaulay.

But Harkins, who scored the final goal in Saturday’s win, was signing off his Borough Briggs career as he will move in the summer.

Gunn scored his 18th goal of the season with a 25 yard cracker before the break.

Player assistant boss Bayne added a second before sub Urquhart netted with his first touch of the game.

Shire twice hit the woodwork and had a penalty saved by City keeper John Gibson.

Duff added a fourth home goal on 85 minutes and departing midfielder Harkins came off the bench to wrap up the scoring with a delightful solo effort.

Elgin: Gibson, Niven (Beveridge 63), Finlayson, Crighton, Duff, Nicolson, Gunn, Masson, Wyness (Harkins 77), Sutherland, Bayne (Urquhart 61). Subs: MacLean, MacLeod, McHardy, Jellema.

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