Written by Graeme MacLeod May 21st 2023

We are thrilled to promote young stars Tyler Eadie (right) and Owen MacDonald to our First Team squad.

Both players impressed in our Reserves Team and Under-18s Teams enough last season to earn call ups to train with the First Team and made their Highland League debuts in the closing games of the campaign. They have now been rewarded with new deals to take us up to a third of our current First Team squad who have played development football for us in the formative years of their careers.

The pair both made maiden appearances for us in our 3-1 win at Turriff United on April 15th with Tyler playing from the start and Owen coming on as a substitute. Tyler also added another start to his tally in the 3-2 final day win at Deveronvale the following week.

Manager Steven Mackay was delighted to bring both players into the First Team fold on a permanent basis ahead of the start of pre-season training next month. He said: “Both Tyler and Owen have come through our Reserves and Under-18s Teams and impressed when they were given the opportunity to come up and train with the First Team. We decided to include them in the squad for the last few games of the season and it was great to see them both make their debuts.

“Both boys have great potential and excellent attitudes and we hope that they can develop further with their continued involvement in the First Team.”

Tyler is a 21-year-old winger who made 24 appearances for our Reserves Team last season, scoring three times, having previously played for us in the youth teams. He has agreed a two-year contract to 2025.

Steven Mackay added: “Tyler is a fit and strong boy with a trick or two in his locker. He is an exciting player who comes from Nairn too, so it is great for the club that another local player has stepped up to the First Team.”

Owen is a 17-year-old forward who joined us during last season, making eight appearances for the Reserves Team, scoring once, as well as turning out for our Under-18s Team. He has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract.

Steven Mackay commented: “Owen has looked really sharp in training and has adapted well to the First Team environment. We are looking forward to him continuing to develop his game and he will only learn from training and playing alongside the other strikers and experienced players at the club.”

He added: “We are always keen to give young players the opportunity to train with the First Team when it is merited and they have earned it. That was the case when Tyler and Owen first came up to train with us and it is a chance they have both grasped, which I am delighted about.”

Images by Kenny Macleod Photography.

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