Elgin City manager Gavin Price sees Darryl McHardy's return to Borough Briggs from a loan spell at Rothes as vital to his plans in SPFL League 2 next season
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DARRYL McHardy can be a big player for Elgin City next season, says manager Gavin Price.
The home town player, a big favourite with the City supporters, will return to SPFL football after a spell on loan at Highland League Rothes last term.
Price farmed the 25-year-old out in January as a disciplinary measure after claiming his former club captain missed training and took holidays during the campaign.
McHardy enjoyed a successful stint at Rothes but is still very much part of City's plans according to price, who said the defender's fitness levels have impressed him over the summer.
"Darryl’s been very pro-active," said Price. "We can follow what he’s doing on Strava (GPS training app) and we know what he’s been up to.
"He’s been working very hard, his times seem good. He’s obviously been looking after himself and that’s important if he comes back fit.
"Darryl is a good player in this league, there’s no doubt about it and it’s up to him. I’m fully confident if he comes back with the right attitude and the fitness that he will be a very important player for us."
Elgin will have good competition for defensive places in their 27-game league season, which begins with a trip to Stranraer on October 17.
Last season's player of the year, centre back Stephen Bronsky signed a new deal last week.
Captain Euan Spark, Matthew Cooper, David Wilson and new signing Angus Mailer will also compete for a place at the back next term.
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