Huntly midfielder Ian Cruickshank enjoyed an impressive end to the 2015/16 season picking up three awards over the course of a weekend.

The 29 year old received Huntly’s Clubman award at the Highland League awards dinner and just one night later he was voted both the players and official’s player of the year.

Speaking after picking up a double at the second annual Marquee in the Park dance, he was pleased to cap off a fine individual season.

“It’s very nice to have these awards, I appreciate it although it would’ve been nice to finish a bit higher up the table but I’m pleased to have won three awards and hopefully I can build on that going into next season.

To get recognition from both players and officials at the club is great vote of confidence and it’s good to have those people backing me. I came runner-up for the player player’s player of the year last season to Blair Johnston, so it’s nice to go one better this time around.“

Cruickshank showed his versatility in the second half of the season playing in attack and the change of role paid off as he was able to weigh in with a number of goals and he was disappointed the season came to an end after hitting top form late on.

“I spoke to Doug Baxter in the last week of the season saying I wish it didn’t have to end, for me it was just kicking off. I was doing well and I would’ve been good to have gotten a run going but I’ll now have to pick up where I left off next season as soon as I get my suspension out of the play in the first game.”

After netting 8 goals in 32 games, the player finished runner up to David Booth for the second straight season for the top scorer award but he said he was able to have a laugh about with the player who departed for Turriff United in January.

“I was having a bit of banter with him, he was up front up until late January and I only had a few games in that position and I nearly caught up with him.”

With a change in management in early with Doug Baxter and Mark Gray taking over, Ian felt that things off the park have been good under the two former Huntly midfielders.

“There’s been a good about the place since Doug came in to join up with Mark and I think our performances in the last third of the season have shown that. There are positives to take out of the games in the latter half of the season and we now need to build on that to move up the table.”

With fellow midfielder Glenn Murison picking up two awards in his debut season Cruickshank feels there is a good mix of youth and experience coming through at the club just now.

“I think for this first season, Glenn has coped really well and the longer he stays in the team the more comfortable he’ll become in the Highland League and he will grow and improve as a player playing with experienced players. He did well to beat myself and Alexander Thoirs for one of his awards, who I must add has had a good season himself as he’s a quality player.”

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Huntly midfielder Glenn Murison was pleased to cap off his debut season for the club after picking up two awards. The 18 year old was named young player and fans player of the year just over a year after making his Huntly debut.

Speaking after the awards presentation, the youngster said: “I’m really chuffed my team mates voted for me, I didn’t expect this but I’m happy about and the only thing to do now is build on it going into next season.

I’m happy I got the backing from the fans too, I found out I finished ahead of Alexander Thoirs and Ian Cruickshank to win that award and they're two experienced players I just want to keep proving myself now as I go into my second season.”

The schoolboy ended Fraser Hobday’s two year grip on the young player of the year award but at the same time he was pleased to see three locals all nominated for the award.

“Fraser Hobday did well to win the award two years in a row but it shows there is local talent in this area, Joe Burr and Lewis Ingram got the other votes but the three of us have played regular in the under 20s this past season and looking to the future we’ll hopefully play a lot more together in the first team for Huntly.”

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Huntly defender Sean Croll was pleased with how his side ended the 2015/16 season with back to back wins on the road and successive clean sheets – the first time Huntly had recorded back to back clean sheets in just over four years.

Speaking after our final game at Fort William the defender was pleased with the recent results.…

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Huntly midfielder Glenn Murison had no hesitations on signing a new deal after his season at the club.  The schoolboy this week secured a contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2018 and was pleased to extend his stay at the club just one year after he made his debut for the Strathbogie side.

He said: “Being from Huntly it’s a club I want to play for and I want to help this club move up the league so when Doug Baxter and Mark Gray asked me to sign a contract extension I had no hesitation in doing so.”

Originally signing under Gregg Carrol in August of last year, Murison (18) would have to wait for a starting opportunity after spending the first few months of the season on and off the bench but he was delighted with the opportunities he has received under the current  management team.

“Mark Gray gave me my first start while he was caretaker manager and I’ve managed to play consistently throughout since then. He and Doug have tried me in a few different positions and that only helps you gain experience that I can take forward in the game and I’m willing to adapt wherever they put me in the team.

I think it’s good to see Huntly giving younger players a chance, Lewis Ingram and Joe Burr have both signed on again and I’ve enjoyed playing with those two in both the under 20s and the first team this season and the three of us have all had a chance at some point in the Highland League.”

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overall record (2014/15 - present)
  Start Sub Bench Total Scored
Highland League 14 6 12 32 1
Aberdeenshire Cup 0 0 1 1 0
Aberdeenshire Shield 0 0 0 0 0
Scottish Cup 2 1 1 4 0
League Cup 0 0 1 1 0
Overall 16 7 15 38 1

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Huntly defender Connor Brian feels he’s benefited from a loan spell following his return to the side in recent weeks. The 19 year old featured 32 times for Rothes this season before being recalled back to Christie Park at the end of March.

He said: “Mark Gray had said prior to the game against Deveronvale he saw an improvement from when I debuted at the end of last season. The regular football has certainly kept me fit and gain confidence and I’m feeling comfortable playing in the Highland League now.

I’ve been happy with my performances since I returned from Rothes and the existing players want to impress the current management team between now and the end of the season.

I’ve played at right back and centre half since I came back from my loan and I’ve been happy to play a role in either position.”

Connor, who netted Rothes’ winner in their only win this season away to Strathspey Thistle, featured in the tangerine’s defence alongside former Forres Mechanics title winner Nathan Sharp and playing alongside an experienced player helped the player in his debut season.

“Nathan was a big help, not only was he assistant manager but he’s very experienced in the Highland League. He’d talk me through games and let me know where I should be defensively and having an experienced player talking to you lets you learn a lot.”

The defender had faced Huntly on two occasions and Brian was thankful for the club for allowing him to do so.

“I have to thank Gregg Carrol first of all and then Doug Baxter and Mark Gray for allowing me to play for Rothes against Huntly. I know the other guys out on loan don’t get that chance playing in the juniors but it was a good chance to play against the same players I was training with and it gave me the confidence to show Huntly what I could do against them.”

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