Huntly have this morning completed the signing of free agent Gary McGowan bringing the local player back to Christie Park for a fourth spell.

 

Gary has been a free agent since his deal with Turriff United ended last month and after a deal to Inverurie Loco Works fell through, Huntly have moved to take the former championship winner back to the club on a three year deal.

Despite the 31 year old forward needing an operation in the coming weeks on an Achilles injury, Co-Manager Mark Gray admitted they weren’t going to miss out on the chance to add some quality to the squad.

“Gary is a player I know very well having played with him for five years at the club. He’s a proven winner and was a key part of the team which won the last championship and although he missed the first SFA Challenge Cup final win through suspension he played a big part in getting through to that final.

He started out as a youngster but he’s really matured over the years into one of the best attacking players in the league.

We know it’ll be a few months before he’ll play, he’s awaiting an operation on his Achilles in the next three weeks and if everything goes well he should be back sometime in November. He’s delighted to be back at the club and once he gets the chance to play he’ll want to prove he can still be an important player for us.”

McGowan originally came to Huntly when he was loaned out for first team football and originally joined up with the club under Fraser Kellas back in 2002 on Inverness Caledonian Thistle but his loan was up and after sixteen squad appearances and one goal he returned north before turning out for Brora Rangers for the remainder of the season.

Newly-appointed Huntly Boss Billy Anderson brought him back the following summer after his release from Caley and in his second spell he picked up a championship medal (2004/05), turned out for his country in the semi-pro four nations tournament and became the first Huntly player since Martin Stewart to be named Highland League Player of the Year.

His early season form of 2006/07 saw him move to second division Peterhead on loan before it was made permanent in January 2007. Gary made 13 appearances scoring once under Steve Paterson but things didn't work out for McGowan in the Blue Toon prompting a return to his home town in March of that year. He made the last of 177 squad appearances when he was subbed off in Huntly's 3-0 home defeat to Nairn County.

McGowan left Christie Park in 2008 in a deal which saw Michael Ewen move from Deveronvale. After leaving Deveronvale he went to Australia for a spell before returning to the Highland League in 2012 with Turriff United.

Huntly record (2002/03 - 2007/08)
  Start Sub N/U Total Goals Strike Rate
Highland League 111 17 6 134 28 0.22
Aberdeenshire Cup 4 1 1 6 0 0.00
Qualifying Cup 7 3 1 11 1 0.10
Aberdeenshire Shield 6 1 0 7 3 0.43
Scottish Cup 9 0 0 9 1 0.11
League Cup 6 1 0 7 3 0.43
SFA Challenge Cup 2 1 0 3 0 0.00
Overall 145 24 8 177 36 0.21

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