Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

New Deveronvale boss Craig Stewart working to keep existing squad on and give them ‘opportunity’ to impress

Grant Noble, left. Picture by Jim Irvine

Deveronvale manager Craig Stewart is keen to keep his squad together for next season.

Although the Highland League is currently in cold storage, new Banffers boss Stewart has been kept busy with off-the-pitch business.

Goalkeeper Gavin Still, defender Kevin Adams and attacker Grant Noble have all recently penned contract extensions until the summer of 2022.

Defender Courtney Cooper has also agreed a deal to remain at Princess Royal Park next season, while fellow defender Ben Allan recently signed a two-year contract.

Stewart, who was appointed as Steve Dolan’s successor last month, is keen to plan for the future.

He said: “I think it’s important I give the guys an opportunity and that’s what I’ll do.

“That goes for the majority of the squad that are out of contract. I want to keep them and give them that chance to work with me and see if I can get any extra out of them.

“It is important that these guys stay on board and take their chance when they get it.”

Stewart is planning talks with more members of the Deveronvale squad, but is pleased Cooper is the latest player to commit his future to the club.

He added: “Courtney Cooper has agreed an extension and there will be further discussions with a couple of other lads as well.

“But Courtney has agreed and it’s good to have him on board for another year again.”

Craig Stewart, the Deveronvale boss.

Former Fraserburgh and Turriff United player Noble, 33, is in his third spell with Deveronvale, while 24-year-old Allan returned to the club last year following a spell at university in America.

Stewart said: “We were pleased to get that sorted out, there’s a few players out of contract so it’s been important to get them signed up again.

“Grant is an experienced head and we very much need him going forward.

“Ben’s come in after coming back from America and, unfortunately just when lockdown started again (January), he was just finding his feet.

“He’s a really committed guy and, if he continues to work as hard as he has done, then I think he’s got a really good chance of doing well for Deveronvale.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]