Published: 10/05/2014 14:00 - Updated: 09/05/2014 13:01

Wilson aims to remove North-South divide at Elgin City

Written byCraig Christie

BARRY Wilson is breaking the Elgin City mould by ordering South players to train in the North next season.

Elgin City boss Barry Wilson
Elgin City boss Barry Wilson.

The manager’s dwindling Central Belt contingent have been told they must head up the A9 and train in Inverness with the rest of the squad twice a month throughout the course of their next campaign.

With South-based David Niven, Sean Crighton and Paul Harkins all departing the club, Elgin currently have just Livingston-based Graeme Beveridge and Fife firefighter Graham Bayne travelling long distances to Moray for matches.

Paul McMullan is not expected to be part of Wilson’s player pool for next term, though the manager did say that a good quality centre back was on his wanted list and if that player was South-based he would make efforts to sign him.

"Ideally it would be better if any new signings were from up here, and we’re hopefully making progress in that area," Wilson said. "But, at the same time, if they are not good enough in this area we need to look further afield."

Throughout their 14 seasons in the Scottish League, Elgin have operated with split training bases, a factor many believe has contributed to their lack of success at senior level thus far.

Read Craig Christie’s full interview with the Elgin City boss in ‘The Scot’ print version.

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