Rothes winger Ali Sutherland hopes to reap the rewards of playing in his favoured position after joining on loan from Elgin City.
Last week Sutherland agreed to join the Speysiders until February – just in time to make his debut off the bench in their 4-0 Scottish Cup victory over Clachnacuddin last Saturday.
The 22-year-old was keen to get back into his stride after limited opportunities at Elgin since an ankle injury at the tail end of last season saw him struggle for a place in manager Gavin Price’s new formation.
Sutherland said: “I just need some regular games just now. I haven’t really had that since Christmas last year.
“I missed the end of the season, and only played a few times at the start of this season. Gavin Price is wanting to play a 3-5-2 this season. Even though I was happy to play anywhere, it doesn’t really suit me.
“I just found my chances limited so felt I needed to go out and get some game time, and start enjoying my football again.
“I don’t think I need to go back and prove a point, although it would be good if I went back in February time and maybe kicked on after getting a few games under my belt. Hopefully I can break back into the team when I go back.
“Games can only help wherever you are – training only does so much – so I was more than happy to come to Rothes.”
Former Caley Thistle player Sutherland hopes for a productive spell with Steven MacDonald’s side, where he has been reunited with a number of former teammates.
He added: “I know a lot of the boys – I played with Jaime Wilson, Alasdair Stark and Cammy Mackay at Inverness.
“Rothes are eighth just now, they are not far off. That’s three good wins on the bounce now, so if we can just keep this good run going and take it game-by-game, hopefully we can kick on up the league.
“There is good quality which we saw last Saturday in a good victory over Clach.”