Cowie takes on coaching role

THERE is only one man who can claim to have played for both incarnations of St Duthus FC in the North Caledonian League either side of their hiatus. Just over twelve years ago, Paul first played for Tain St Duthus as a teenager under manager Mark Ford before going on to represent the revived St Duthus in September last year.

Injury curtailed Paul's season during 2016-17, but the midfield man is now set to step up to the next level in 2017-18, as earlier today it was confirmed by team manager Stuart Ross that Paul has been appointed to the coaching team at St Duthus. Speaking to the club's website, Paul said:

I'm delighted to be a part of something special with the Saints - especially under the management of Stuart and Andy - and I hope to be able to contribute in some way and help the club along while learning a lot myself along the way.

Manager Stuart Ross expressed his delight at securing Paul's services for another season, this time around as a player-coach, lauding Cowie's experience in Tain football circles.

Cowie has been first class since we came to the club. An absolute gentleman and a stalwart of Tain football. It's a shame he's had to deal with the injury problems he has as he's a tremendous asset on the park, but we're delighted to be able to now have him on board helping us out in the dugout, where I'm sure he'll be as great an asset.

Paul is also expected to begin on the SFA coaching pathway levels as part of the Saints' commitment in 2017-18 to attain the SFA Quality Mark.

The St Duthus pre-season is set to begin on Tuesday, July 11th.

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