Clachnacuddin defender Sean Webb feels his new role of assistant manager will give him a fresh outlook on the game.
Northern Irishman Webb has been named as Sandy McLeod’s number two, with the 36-year-old also continuing his playing duties.
Having stepped in as caretaker boss prior to McLeod’s appointment in August, Webb feels his taste of coaching has broadened his playing perspective.
Webb, who will be part of Clach’s side which takes on Brora Rangers at Grant Street Park tonight, said: “When you are a player… You just turn up, go to training and go away again.
“When you are put into the situation where you are having to take the team, it gives you a different aspect.
“I feel fit enough to continue to play, and I think I would be honest enough to say if I wasn’t.”
Strathspey Thistle manager Gordon Nicolson is confident his side will make the trip to Wick Academy with plenty firepower behind them, with strikers Liam Taylor, Craig Macmillan and James Fraser netting in Saturday’s 4-1 Highland League Cup triumph over Clach.
Nicolson said: “We have been a bit unfortunate with chances that just haven’t nestled in, but three of the strikers got on the scoresheet on Saturday which was pleasing.”
Nairn County play their first match since October 19 when they host Forres Mechanics tonight, however a six-strong absentee list which includes injured goalkeeper Dylan MacLean and forward Dylan Mackenzie will test manager Ronnie Sharp’s selection options.
Sharp said: “We have to hope we are not rusty. Forres are a strong side.”