Scott Graham is eager to pick up his Clachnacuddin career from where he left it after returning to the Lilywhites on an 18-month deal.
Forward Graham is one of three new arrivals at Grant Street Park along with fellow striker John Cameron and goalkeeper Ryan Hunter, with the 32-year-old rejoining Clach from Buckie Thistle five years after leaving to join Brora Rangers.
Graham’s final act as a Clach player was to help the Inverness side win the Highland League Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory over Buckie, following a 3-3 draw between the sides at Kynoch Park in 2014.
Those fond memories made Graham eager to return, and he said: “I left straight after winning the Highland League Cup. It was definitely the highlight of my time at Clach – and is up there with my highlights in football to be honest.
“As a team we punched above our weight, we were all quite close mates.
“We had a really good team, but boys started moving on and it was the end of that team which was unfortunate.
“I have nearly gone back a couple of times, but for one reason or another it has just not materialised. I am delighted to get back.”
Graham has also had spells with Strathspey Thistle and Rothes, along with a stint in Australia, and takes on another of his former clubs when Clach make the trip to Forres Mechanics on league duty tonight.
Graham hopes his experience can help Sandy McLeod’s young squad, adding: “I have not played for a while because I had an injury, but I will do a quick fitness test to see how it goes.
“I’m raring to go – I’m chomping at the bit. It has been a frustrating season but I’m just looking forward now.
“I’m at a different sort of stage of my career, I’ll have a different sort of role where I can help some of the younger boys along.
“Hopefully with my experience I can bring something to the team to help them along the way.
“Clach have got good young boys at the club. They just need a bit of experience to help them along.
“Hopefully I can be the missing piece they have been looking for.”
Forres go into tonight’s game with seven wins from their last eight games, but manager Charlie Rowley is not taking tonight’s game for granted.
He said: “We are performing pretty well just now, but Clach is historically a really tricky game for us.
“Regardless of the league positions we never seem to get an easy game against them.”
Forres chairman James Anderson has stepped down from his role, having served for the last 13 years at the Mosset Park helm.