Cove Rangers captain Mitch Megginson can’t wait to rekindle his striking partnership with Rory McAllister.
Former Peterhead skipper McAllister could make his Cove debut this afternoon after trading Balmoor for the Balmoral Stadium earlier this week.
McAllister has joined the League 2 leaders on a three-and-a-half year deal and could be pitched straight into the starting line-up for today’s home encounter with Cowdenbeath.
Megginson, who has scored 18 goals in 24 appearances this term, knows the attributes McAllister will bring to the team having played up front for Brechin City during the 2010-11 campaign.
He said: “We crossed paths at Brechin.
“I was on loan from Aberdeen when Rory was there.
“I was around 18 at the time.
“We played up front together so we do have previous experience of playing as a partnership.
“That was when I was breaking through.
“We know each other well.
“We got to the First Division play-off final against Ayr but lost 3-2 on aggregate to miss out on promotion.
“We scored a few goals between us so hopefully we can be a strong partnership again.”
Megginson believes the addition of McAllister to the Cove squad is a statement of intent from the Highland League champions.
He said: “It is a fantastic signing.
“Rory is a goal-getter.
“I have known Rory for numerous years so I know exactly what he can bring to the team.
“It is a cracking signing and it shows the club’s intent.
“We want to have the best players we can from Aberdeen.
“We are close to having most of them.”
McAllister had spent eight-and-a-half seasons at Peterhead but is dropping down a division to join Cove.
Megginson said: “Rory maybe felt he needed a change.
“You expect the unexpected in football.
“This has worked out in our favour.
“He was a great servant to Peterhead.
“He is a proven goalscorer and he has helped Peterhead win league titles.
“He brings experience to an already experienced team.
“It is great for the second half of the season.”
Cove Rangers were not in action last weekend after their scheduled meeting with Stirling Albion was postponed.
But the Aberdeen side strengthened their position at the summit after nearest challengers Edinburgh City slumped to a 2-1 defeat by Queen’s Park.
Megginson said: “We have a great opportunity this weekend to move five points clear as Edinburgh City are not playing.
“But we know to expect a tough and physical match against them.
“We could go five points clear so we are focused and ready.”