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First Borough Briggs professional contract for Elgin City young gun Fin Allen who plans to become a regular feature in the Black and Whites' first team


By Craig Christie

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INJURIES in Elgin City midfield could help teen sensation Fin Allen stack up more minutes in the first team.

Fin Allen has made 11 appearances from the Elgin bench this season at the age of 17..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Fin Allen has made 11 appearances from the Elgin bench this season at the age of 17..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The 17-year-old, who this week signed his first professional contract with the Moray outfit, appears to have a bright future ahead of him.

He is the Borough Briggs club’s hottest prospect after making 11 sub appearances already this season, including nearly half an hour in City’s midweek draw with Edinburgh.

Fin Allen in action for Elgin City against Edinburgh City. Photo: Bob Crombie
Fin Allen in action for Elgin City against Edinburgh City. Photo: Bob Crombie

Unfortunate circumstances for the Black and Whites saw Allen come on to replace the Elgin player he looks up to most, long-serving stalwart Brian Cameron who like Allen broke into the first team picture as a teenager before going on to play more than 450 times for his home town club.

Cameron picked up a knee injury which will keep him out for a month, and with Rory MacEwan currently out with a hamstring pull there could be more opportunities for youth product Allen.

“I just want to impress the gaffer and hopefully get on more and more, “ he said.

Price has certainly been impressed by his young prospect, and has refused to put Allen out on loan this season as he is determined to give him more games in League Two.

The youngster is not only starring in his sub stints at first team but also features for both the club’s under-18 and under-20 teams.

Fin Allen on the Elgin City training ground. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Fin Allen on the Elgin City training ground. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

He said sessions with the first team have helped him to develop as a player.

“I’ve been up with the first team training for a few years now and that keeps me improving every session,” he said.

“It’s good having everyone around me, all the first team boys with all their experience. It’s good for a young boy like me to train with them every session and it really benefits me.

“The manager brought me in just before the season started and told me that he sees me getting a few chances in the first team, so he wants to keep putting me on the bench for when those chances come, just like I did today.”

The one player Allen looks up to most is Cameron, the one he replaced on Wednesday night.

Elgin manager Gavin Price with his assistant Steven MacKay watch the game unfold. Photo: Bob Crombie
Elgin manager Gavin Price with his assistant Steven MacKay watch the game unfold. Photo: Bob Crombie

“Brian doesn’t really say very much but obviously I keep looking at exactly how he does things and try to learn off him, because he’s a brilliant player and so experienced. I just watch how he plays every week.”

Allen showed great touch and composure when he came on moments after Jaime Wilson’s equalising goal in the midweek draw.

Darryl McHardy and Angus Mailer put the Edinburgh city goalkeeper under pressure. Photo: Bob Crombie
Darryl McHardy and Angus Mailer put the Edinburgh city goalkeeper under pressure. Photo: Bob Crombie

Elgin seemed to be getting the upper hand in the game when they were hit by Innes Murray’s 63rd minute strike.

Jaime Wilson (right) celebrates his first Elgin City goal. Photo: Bob Crombie.
Jaime Wilson (right) celebrates his first Elgin City goal. Photo: Bob Crombie.

Wilson raced through to net his first goal for the club three minutes later, and try as they might the home side couldn’t find a winner.


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