Written by Graeme MacLeod January 13th 2023

We are delighted to announce that we have secured the services of Ross Tokely on a new contract.

Ross joined us on a short term deal in October but has now agreed to extend his stay at Station Park until the end of 2023/24 season, giving us a huge boost ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Buckie Thistle.

The 43-year-old’s performances have defied his age since he debuted for us in the 1-1 draw at Keith on October 29th and he got Station Park rocking with his stunning strike in last weekend’s 3-0 home victory over Banks O’Dee.

We are all delighted Ross has agreed to continue his career with us for another season and we look forward to seeing him continue to represent Nairn County.

It is another key piece of Steven Mackay’s plans being put in place for next season. The manager said: “Since Ross has joined us, his impact on the team has been profound. We always knew that his experience would be a huge asset to us and a few eyebrows were raised when we signed him but we were confident that he would have a positive impact on the team. The younger players are loving playing alongside him and learning from him.

“We are delighted to secure him for another year and even though he will be 44 years old, he is showing week in, week out that age is just a number and he deserves a huge amount of credit for that.”

Ross joined Inverness CT from Huntly in 1996 and went on to make a club record 589 appearances, scoring 30 goals. In his time at the Caledonian Stadium, he won the Third Division once, First Division twice and the 2003/04 Scottish Challenge Cup as well as playing and scoring in all four divisions of the Scottish Leagues.

The big defender moved on for a short spell at Ross County in 2012 before joining Brora Rangers at the start of the following year. In his time as a player at Dudgeon Park, he won the Highland League championship twice and two North of Scotland Cups before stepping up to the manager’s chair with the Cattachs in 2016.

He won a further two North of Scotland Cups and led Brora to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup in the 2017/18 season, before resigning at the end of the season and resuming his playing career with St Duthus in the North Caledonian League, where he won the Football Times Cup and the North Caledonian Cup before making the move to Station Park. So far, Ross has made eight appearances for the club, scoring once with that thunderbolt last Saturday.

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