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Locos striker Andy Hunter hails immediate impact of new boss Cooper

Inverurie Loco's manager Neil Cooper
Inverurie Loco's manager Neil Cooper

Inverurie Locos attacker Andy Hunter believes new manager Neil Cooper is already making an impact.

Hunter netted the 47th goal of his Locos career in his comeback in last Saturday’s 2-2 home Highland League draw with high-flying Brora Rangers at Harlaw Park.

It was a very special strike for the former Banks o’ Dee forward, who aggravated a thigh injury in the Aberdeenshire Shield final win against his old side at the end of November.

Hunter, who joined the Garioch club in the summer of 2013, said: “When a new manager comes in everyone wants to show what they can do to impress.

“Neil told us it was a fresh start for everyone and that obviously included Kieran Adams, who showed his class when he came up from the back to head home the equaliser. It was great to have the big man back in the side after not featuring since October. We had a great team spirit even after going 2-0 down to Brora. Neil made a couple of changes, we got a goal back and kept pressing and could have won it.

“I’m sure the new manager will have his own ideas about how he wants to change things around here and there.”

Hunter’s Harlaw Park team-mate Connor Rennie can’t wait to return to Princess Royal Park this weekend to face his former club Deveronvale.

The 25-year-old former Vale, Aberdeen and Dundee defender said: “Initially, I went from Dundee to Deveronvale on loan for six months and ended up staying for the next four years. I really enjoyed my time there as there were a lot of good guys and it was an equally good club to play for.”

Rennie is excited at working with new manager Cooper.

He added: “Locos are a good club with good ambitions and we are only going to get better under our new manager.

“I knew him from when I was a young lad at the Dons where he was my manager. I know what he is all about. His training is really good and he’s an excellent man-manager, so the future is looking really bright for the club.”

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