Gary Farquhar believes he has joined one of the most prestigious sides in the Highland League after taking up a coaching position at Clachnacuddin.
Former Clach players Farquhar and Jordan MacDonald last week returned to the club as coaches, and will assist manager Sandy McLeod as part of a new look management team.
Clach have struggled in recent seasons, with the Inverness outfit having been 15th in the table when the Highland League season was ended due to coronavirus in March.
Wick-born Farquhar, who played as a midfielder for top-flight football for St Johnstone and also featured for Caley Thistle, feels the Lilywhites carry huge potential and he is eager to stop them underachieving.
Farquhar said: “To me, this should be one of the biggest clubs in the Highland League. They should be higher than what they are.
“There’s a great tradition about the place and you feel that around the ground, with the closeness and passion of the fans as well. There’s a family feel to it.
“It is obviously just financial circumstances holding the club back but there is a lot of good work being done with younger players. Hopefully, working for Sandy, I can help get them back on track.
“I’m hoping I can offer some input, but I’ll just be following Sandy’s lead.
“The two of us and Jordan all have similar ideas on how we want to see the game played.
“I’m just there to help them and, hopefully, I can bring a few things to the table from the experiences I’ve had in the game.”
Farquhar is excited by the move into coaching, adding: “It’s my first proper coaching job.
“It is a big step for me, but something I couldn’t turn down. I’d have always regretted it if I didn’t give it a try.”
Nairn County have signed teenage pair Ciaran Young and Lewis Mitchell on new deals until 2023.
Attacker Young, 18, and former Caley Thistle midfielder Mitchell, 19, both made their first team debuts for the Station Park outfit last season.