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Elgin City bring in ex-Rothes striker Jaime Wilson on loan from Falkirk to cover for Kane Hester's extended absence

By Craig Christie

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ELGIN City have struck a loan deal with Falkirk to bring in ex-Rothes striker Jaime Wilson to cover for top scorer Kane Hester’s absence through injury.

In action for Rothes in 2018, Jaime Wilson has joined Elgin City on loan from Falkirk to cover for Kane Hester’s injury. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
In action for Rothes in 2018, Jaime Wilson has joined Elgin City on loan from Falkirk to cover for Kane Hester’s injury. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Wilson could come straight into City’s starting line-up for the home League Two match against Stirling Albion tomorrow.

Elgin manager Gavin Price moved quick to bring in the Inverness-born player, who scored seven goals for Dumbarton in League One last season, after deciding to rest Hester for the rest of this month.

“He’s had the results of the scan back and its not great news,” said Price.

“He could almost have been playing again in the Stenhousemuir game because he’s gone through all the tests and passed them all and felt well. But we got the scan and there’s quite an unusual injury and Andy (Jones) is a very experienced physio and he’s never come across it in his career.”

Initially thought to be a hamstring tear, Hester’s problem seems to stem from a muscle or tendon at the base of his buttocks.

“We are going to have to rest him, certainly through October I would have thought, and then get him another scan towards the end of the month.

“He is notably a quick healer in the past so we are hoping that at the most he will be out for this month.”

Loan capture Wilson (23) began his career with Caley Thistle and enjoyed a successful spell with Rothes in the Highland League before departing to Australia for a stint with Northcote City SC in the state of Victoria.

On returning to Scotland he won a deal at Dumbarton, where his goals helped the Sons escape relegation to League Two via the play-offs.

That earned him a move to Falkirk, where he has so far struggled to make regular starts and will be farmed out to Elgin to sharpen his match fitness.

“He’s been in and out of the team so I spoke to (Falkirk manager) Paul Sheerin,” said Price. “He used to train with us at Elgin a few years ago and I’ve not seen him play in a while apart from a couple of games for Dumbarton last season.”

City bounced back from a home defeat against Annan to beat Stenny last week. Darryl McHardy got the first half opener and Russell Dingwall struck the winner.

We probably didn’t play as well as we can do but if we look at the last two away games in terms of the application, attitude and following instructions and working as a team, it’s been outstanding.,” said Price.

Hester will be joined by injured defenders Matthew Cooper and Creag Little on the sidelines.

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