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Elgin City manager Gavin Price highlights importance of Ross Draper to his team as former Caley Thistle and Ross County stalwart extends his loan from Cove Rangers until end of the season

By Craig Christie

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ROSS Draper will remain an Elgin City player until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Ross Draper has extended his Elgion City loan deal from Cove Rangers. Photo: Bob Crombie.
Ross Draper has extended his Elgion City loan deal from Cove Rangers. Photo: Bob Crombie.

His parent club Cove Rangers have extended Draper's loan to the Borough Briggs club until the end of the season.

City boss Gavin Price was keen to keep the player and says the former Caley Thistle and Ross County man has had a positive influence in his squad.

Draper (33) sustained a knee injury after joining Cove from County last year and was farmed out to City as part of his rehabilitation.

The Englishman, who can play in defence or midfield, has started just five matches for Elgin due to his injury, being cup-tied and a reluctance to play him on any of the $G surfaces in League Two because of his knee problem.

Price said: "He can’t play every game but it's what he does give you in the dressing room and training and in the games he has played.

"He gives you real leadership and that is something I feel we have always really lacked. That experience and calmness.

"He has brought a breath of fresh air about the place.

"I know that Ross wanted to stay at the club, he is enjoying it but at the end of the day he is a Cove employee so it was their decision."

Draper is set to play in Elgin's vital home match against Albion Rovers tomorrow, with fellow stoppers Matthew Cooper and Euan Spark struggling with injury.

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