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Forres Mechanics set to make ex-Ross County defender Ruari Fraser their first signing ahead of their planned return to Highland League football


By Craig Christie

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CHARLIE Rowley is set to make his first Forres Mechanics signing of the year.

Ruari Fraser (left) in action for Forres Mechanics during a loan spell from Ross County. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Ruari Fraser (left) in action for Forres Mechanics during a loan spell from Ross County. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Former Ross County defender Ruari Fraser (20) has agreed a two-year deal with the Mosset Park club.

Read more: Forres Mechanics will return in next Highland League season

Fraser enjoyed a successful loan spell at Mechanics while he was still at County.

On being released by the Dingwall outfit, he signed for Formartine United and featured in their brief season during the pandemic.

But the Aberdeen-based student will make the switch to Forres once his current deal with United expires in the summer.

Charlie Rowley is keen to strengthen his Forres Mechanics squad for their return to Highland League football. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Charlie Rowley is keen to strengthen his Forres Mechanics squad for their return to Highland League football. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Forres boss Rowley said: "We offered him a one or two year deal and we would have understood if he only took one because of the travelling aspect.

"But it was a categorical no (to one year), he wanted the two years just to be committed and give it a right go.

"That shows the intent and the commitment of the player we are signing.

"He definitely improved us when he was on loan from Ross County so I’ve got high aspirations for Ruari and hopefully he can continue the way he did when he played for us before. He certainly made us stronger."

Fraser will travel through to Forres for training and matches next season with midfielder Joe Gauld, who is also studying in Aberdeen.

Elgin City's Owen Loveland is a loan target for Forres Mechanics. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Elgin City's Owen Loveland is a loan target for Forres Mechanics. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Mechanics are also hoping to strike a loan deal with Elgin City for striker Owen Loveland, although Deveronvale have also made an enquiry about the 18-year-old, who recently signed a two-year deal at City.


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