Huntly have already started rebuilding their squad ahead of the 2022/23 season with two players leaving and another two joining the club.

 

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The club can confirm the departure of defender Logan Johnstone (22) and forward Fergus Alberts (19) to Inverurie Loco Works in a swap deal that sees Ross Still and James Connelly sign for Huntly, both joining the club on initial two year deals.

Both players are sad to be leaving Huntly and said this on their departure from the club:

Logan (left) said “I’d just like to say a massive thanks to everyone at Huntly for everything that’ve done for me over the past few years. A special thanks to Allan, Stefan (Laird) & Wayne (Urquhart) who have helped me develop both on and off the pitch.

Finally, to Goosey (Robbie Wildgoose)  and the players – all great guys who deserve a lot of credit for the work they all put in. Deciding to leave Huntly was no easy decision but the opportunity to sign for Locos was one I found too difficult to turn down. I am looking forward to getting started and all the best to Huntly for next season & beyond.”

Alberts FergusFergus (right) stated:  “Where do I start? Everybody at this club from Mr Carter, his board, the management team, my fellow team mates, Alix (Turner) and her backroom staff; the fantastic supporters, and the under 21s staff, have been all so good to me, without exception. 

Huntly FC are lucky to have the best supporters in the highland league. I have never heard any criticism of me from them, even when it didn’t go to plan, just pure encouragement and passion. Phenomenal. Thank you so much. That means a lot to me.

I was very well treated by the players and the management team and couldn’t ask for any more I got back from them. Great bunch of teammates at the club and for a young guy it was quite nerve racking going into a completely new environment to play football but I am happy to say the lads really took me under their wing and taught me the ways at Huntly Football club.

The management team with Allan, Stefan, Wayne, Robbie (Wildgoose) and Dylan (Fraser) again I was treated so well by these individuals and have learnt a great deal just being at the club for a good part of just over a year.

Allan and Stefan are the best coaches I have had in my football career and overall great guys. I have learnt so much on more the tactical side of the game. They also worked really hard with me to get things drilled in my head which will make me an overall better player and do it in the best way possible which I am very thankful for. When I didn’t get things and I got frustrated with myself in training they made sure I understood it and relaxed while doing this to perform the skill to a better standard, this shows how much of great people they are and great at what they do best with the coaching side of it.

So, I am writing this with a very heavy heart and it is really sad to leave this club but I wish them and the lads all the best going forward. I would just like to say to the supporters and people involved with Huntly football club a massive Thank you for my time here and bye for now.”

Speaking on the duos departure, Manager Allan Hale said:

“Firstly, I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone at the club when I say we are disappointed to see both Logan and Fergus leave Huntly. Both are very good young players who have improved considerably over the course of the last year which had been represented by the recent awards evening.

Both players had made it known, when the approach from Locos came in, that Locos was a move they had wanted to pursue and then subsequently agreed to. As such, it is then my responsibility to negotiate a deal which represents Huntly’s best interests and ensure our squad strength is maintained and this is a deal where I feel represents good value for all parties concerned, from our end specifically we are signing two players who were targets for us during the close season anyway. We thank both Logan and Fergus for their contribution to Huntly and we all wish them well on their move.”

rossstillFormer Huntly Captain Ross Still (27, left) made 126 appearances for the club between 2016 – 2021 scoring 20 goals. Hale was pleased to bring the midfielder back to the club.

He said: “Ross needs no introduction having been a key member of the club before and with Stilly we know exactly the type of player and person we are getting. It’s a really important signing for us as he was someone, I was desperate to get back to the club. What shone through in discussions with Stilly was his admiration for Huntly and his eagerness to return and play his part in helping us continue to move forward.”

James ConnellyDefender James Connelly (21) started the season on loan with Deveronvale making 25 starts and scoring once before returning to Locos in February making a further 10 squad appearances.

Hale feels they’ve picked up a good prospect in Connelly. He said:

“In James we are signing an excellent young centre half who has all the attributes to play the way I want the team to play as well as enhancing us defensively.

James impressed hugely at Deveronvale for the first half of last season and had been on our radar for a while therefore I am pleased to welcome both players to the club and look forward to working with them from when we return to pre-season training in June.”

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