DEVERONVALE manager Scott Anderson believes the signing of Connor Rennie will provide new options for his team.
The 5ft 10in, 21-year-old has been signed on a permanent contract from Dundee for an undisclosed fee and is capable of playing in defence and midfield.
The Banffers game against Turriff United was postponed due to a frozen pitch on Saturday and they have a busy week of fixtures starting tonight (Tuesday) with a home game against Buckie Thistle in the Aberdeenshire Shield, and an away trip to Nairn County this Saturday in the Highland League.
Anderson said: "It is great we have managed to secure Connor on a permanent basis.
"He was with us for a short spell on loan at the start of last season and is just what we are after, a young player who is keen to do well.
"He has been on the fringes of the first team at Dundee which will have given him good experience and gives us new options as he can play right back or midfield.
"It was frustrating the game was off on Saturday. We waited till the last minute to see if it could go on, as it was a big match on the field and also in terms of sponsorship, but the pitch was solid.
"We managed a training session on Saturday afternoon on the beach and it was good to get that done in view of the two big games this week.
"Buckie are going to be looking to redeem themselves after we beat them at New Year and we are going to need a good level of performance against them. The players, as always with Buckie, are looking forward to it.
"Nairn are just a couple of points ahead of us, so a win there would see us pass them and continue to climb the table. The tough games are coming thick and fast and we need to keep a good and consistent performance going." Deveronvale will be without Gordon Carstairs and Ross McKenzie, who are injured, and Michele Lombardi, who is working offshore.
Anderson wants to see the recent good run of form continued for the remainder of the season. "It has been a season of highs and lows. We had great results against Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup and the Aberdeenshire Cup win against Keith, but we have also put in some poor performances."
"The league leaders, Forres, are in a strong position and all we can do is win as much games as we can and see where it takes us by the end of the season."