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Kane still able to play key role for Elgin City

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ELGIN City are standing by striker Kane Hester despite his arrest this week in relation to betting allegations.

Kane Hester celebrates with Elgin City team-mate Shane Sutherland. Photo: Bob Crombie
Kane Hester celebrates with Elgin City team-mate Shane Sutherland. Photo: Bob Crombie

City manager Gavin Price said the player will be in his squad for the Challenge Cup visit to Dundee on Sunday.

Price revealed that he knew about charges levelled against Hester under the Gambling 2005 Act before last week’s league match against Edinburgh City but still played him. The former Arbroath forward went on to score in a 3-3 draw at Borough Briggs, and is expected to continue playing for Elgin at least until the matter is dealt with in court.

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“He’s available for selection, very much so,” said Price.

“I knew what the situation was before Saturday past and sometimes with things like this it is better for a player to have a focus on things.

“We won’t dwell on it, I think it’s important for him now to focus on his football.”

Price had another off-the-field matter to deal with last week, as he pledged his future to City and turned down the chance to manage former club Brechin City.

The Angus outfit parted company with previous boss Barry Smith and approached Elgin for permission to speak to Price about coming in as Smith’s replacement.

He admitted there was some temptation in switching to a club closer to home, in much the same way as previous Elgin boss Jim Weir elected to take up the managerial vacancy at Forfar two years ago.

But Price, who stepped up from the assistant manager role to replace Weir in the Borough Briggs hotseat, said his eventual decision to stay came down to some unfinished business at Elgin.

“Elgin let me speak to them, but I said no (on Saturday morning),” said Price. “I think at the moment I’ve got a squad which is as good as I’ve seen here at Elgin.

Elgin boss Gavin Price
Elgin boss Gavin Price

“There’s so much there and I certainly didn’t want to walk away from that, what we’ve got in that dressing room. I just feel we’re so close to having that season that we’ve all been after for so long.

“It was a temptation in terms of geography and the fact that I played there. The logistics would obviously be better for me in terms of working but it’s well documented that I’ve really enjoyed my time at Elgin.

“It was hard to say no to Brechin but it would have been harder to leave, if that makes sense.”

Disappointed by decisions which went against City in the league draw last week, Price has switched his focus to the tough challenge of taking on Championship side Dundee.

The Dens Park men were thrashed 6-2 by neighbours Dundee United last Friday and Price said: “They will want to get that result out of their system and will probably see Elgin as a good opportunity to do that.

“It’s as a chance to go and test ourselves against another Championship team and try and get through to the next round if we can. They’ve done well against the better teams this season.

Forfar loanee Matty Aitken is cup-tied so won’t play.

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