Brora Rangers are centered on high quality over amount in relation to summer time signings as supervisor Craig Campbell seeks to strike the suitable stability forward of the brand new Highland League season

Craig Campbell is set to strike the suitable stability between squad measurement and power in depth as Brora Rangers refocus on promotion ambitions.

The Cattachs supervisor is aware of the tight nature of his taking part in pool proved to be a hindrance final season with the sheer numbers seen in 50 aggressive league and cup video games.

However, there isn’t a temptation for Campbell to prioritize amount over high quality by including liberally to his present 18-strong squad.

Club supporter John Pickles’ contract has been terminated resulting from work commitments, whereas younger goalkeeper Ruardhri Nicol has been added following his launch by Caley Thistle.

John Pickles will be a big loss for Brora but boss Craig Campbell is looking for quality players.  Photo: James Mackenzie
John Pickles might be an enormous loss for Brora however boss Craig Campbell is on the lookout for high quality gamers. Photo: James Mackenzie

“We have a good base to look at next season,” Campbell stated.

“We’re not going to sign players for numbers.

“In the current squad, everyone can afford to stake a claim to start which gives us good competition. We just want to sign players who will improve us, and get us where we want to be. It’s a pretty lean market at the moment.

“At our stage you do not wish to run with a squad that is too huge, with individuals who aren’t even named within the squad. Given the dedication folks present after work, they should be rewarded on the finish of the job.

“Last year we had some games where we were very light, so we wanted to find the right balance.”

One factor is for certain – Campbell is aware of a tricky marketing campaign awaits.

“This is going to be a strong league again and, unlike a few years in the past, I don’t think anyone can predict with confidence who will win the league,” stated the supervisor.

“There are teams of 4 or 5 groups who can all compete constantly each week.

“We seem like now we have Banks o’Dee within the league, a top quality membership, and that is the pyramid system. You need the very best groups in your league to be extra aggressive. It helps everybody.

“We’ve reached the play-offs a number of instances however I’m unsure if the membership is 100 per cent prepared for that enchancment.

“This is clearly an ambition for the membership. We wish to advance to the Scottish league.

“First and foremost, you have to earn the right by keeping your own league, but the bigger goal is to try and make the play-offs and win promotion.”

Pickles’ departure after seven profitable years and an enormous dedication to journey from the Orkney native was a supply of remorse for Campbell, however a call he absolutely understood.

“Although disappointing, I fully understand it from John’s point of view,” Campbell stated.

“He simply thought it could be an excessive amount of for him. He felt the journey was an excessive amount of final season.

“He could be here for two or three days for away games and then we obviously have a midweek game where we have to ask him to travel because of the tight nature of our squad last season, going through Covid and things like that.

“He has to ask for a lot of time off. Nobody can question John’s commitment to Brora over the years so, as much as it was difficult for me, I fully understand him and the club agrees he can get his (last year) contract terminated.

As for young goalkeeper Nicol, Campbell added: “He was not offered a new contract at Inverness but did well with us on loan last season.

“I am delighted to have him join forces with Joe Malin. Joe is getting older now and we played about 50 games last season. Ruardhri might be able to share the game workload and learn a lot from Joe.”


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