Forward Greg Morrison was quickly sold on Brora Rangers’ vision for the Highland League title before signing a two-year contract at Dudgeon Park.
Morrison was pursued by a number of clubs following his release by Ross County, including Elgin City where he spent last season on loan, but has opted to join the Cattachs.
After Brora ended the campaign eight points behind winners Cove Rangers, Morrison insists manager Steven Mackay quickly convinced him of his plan to go a step further irrespective of the fact the Aberdeen side have now gained promotion to League 2.
Morrison said: “Steven Mackay went above and beyond for me. There were a lot of other clubs that showed interest which was quite flattering after being released and having the downside of it all.
“Having all these clubs interested was a bit of a boost. With Brora pushing Cove all the way last year, I was really impressed with that. Even if Cove didn’t manage to go up, I think the manager was still wanting to get above them.
“They were close last year, with a bit of luck they maybe could have ended up winning it. Since first contact was made the manager has always told me his intentions and I’m excited for next season already.”
Morrison, who is from Mulben near Keith, has been on County’s books since the age of 14 but he is keen to quickly put the blow at being let go by the newly-promoted Premiership side behind him.
The 21-year-old added: “After coming through the youths, it was a bit disappointing when I found out.
“They always tell you that football is a cut throat business. One minute you are in, the next you can be out.
“It’s just all on the managers’ opinions. With them pushing into the Premiership, you saw how well the squad did this year. It was a tough one. It wasn’t expected but you always prepare for the worst.”
Despite turning down the opportunity to sign permanently with Elgin, Morrison reflects fondly on his spell at Borough Briggs, where he netted six goals in 36 appearances.
He added: “It was good just to get a full senior season under my belt, rather than at youth level. I have played in a fair few positions as well, so it was a great learning experience for me.
“I started the season as a striker and played on both wings, and at right back. I learned a lot from it.”