Rothes prepare for start of Highland League season
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PREPARATIONS at Rothes are underway as Ross Jack gets his squad in shape for the start of the Highland League season next month.
The Speysiders have been back in training for three weeks and will travel to Aviemore this weekend for a pre-season training camp.
“The boys have kept themselves in good shape and they’ve been working hard,” Jack said.
“We’ve also got friendlies against Huntly and Elgin coming up and we have a few others pencilled in.”
Club captain Bruce Milne, Wayne MacKintosh and Gary Kerr are all nursing injuries and may miss the start of the season.
“Bruce is still being assessed for a knee injury so it’s not looking good,” Jack said.
“Wayne has had a cartilage operation and Gary Kerr may need one as well so we may have a few boys to replace.”
Ewan McLauchlan has departed the club and while the Speysiders are yet to make any additions this summer, Jack says they are “working hard” on potential deals.
“We’re aiming for four new signings before the season starts,” he said.
“Nobody has put pen to paper yet but we’re hopeful that we’ll get some business done over the next couple of weeks.”
The club have also been busy addressing drainage issues at Mackessack Park over the close season after a number of games were postponed last season.
“A lot of work has been undertaken so hopefully that will address some of the problems because it did hurt us,” Jack added.
“Time will tell but I’ve been told it’s looking extremely good.”