Hunter ready for opening test against Forres

Ryan Christie had continued to be involved with the club despite his season-ending injury.
Ryan Christie had continued to be involved with the club despite his season-ending injury.

Fraserburgh FC manager Kris Hunter is looking forward to the new Highland League season following a spectacular summer.

The Burgh have been undefeated since their opening game of the pre-season campaign, a2-0 loss to Peterhead, and have been boosted by the likes of Graham Johnston and Steven Main returning fresh and ready.

Commenting this week on the pre-season games, Hunter told us: “They’ve went really good, considering what happened last year with injuries and people getting long-term injuries.

“They’ve really worked hard and holidays haven’t disrupted us too much.”

Fraserburgh had lost Ryan Christie to an injury early into the last Highland League campaign, a blow which kept him out of the game for the rest of the season. He made his return this summer playing 10 minutes against Dundee North End last week in a 5-2 winning effort.

“There’s been a few people who have done well in games,” Hunter continued.

“Graham Johnston - he’s come back like a new player. Steven Main is looking really fresh, and the rest of them have done really well.

“It’s been good and there’s been a lot of professionalism.

“Overall, apart from Peterhead, we’re undefeated which is a good thing to go into the season with.”

Looking likely to impress this season again is young midfielder John Chalmers, who Hunter described as ‘outstanding’ in the pre-season fixtures.

Alongside him, Aidan Combe, who was brought into the fold over the summer, has shown a determination which could land him in the first-team set-up before long.

Hunter explained: “He’s shown up really well in pre-season in the games. He’s only 16-years-old and he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

Fraserburgh Football Club will open the Highland League season against Forres Mechanics on Saturday, August 2. A supporters bus will run to the game, leaving the Elizabethan bar at 12:15pm picking up at the harbour.