Dufftown Football Club have announced their new management team of Steven Rattray and Fraser Bremner with Scott Cameron also set to join the coaching staff as the club looks to return to the Junior ranks in time for the 2013-2014 season.
Dufftown FC President Alan Murray was delighted to confirm the news this week putting an end to weeks of speculation;
“We are absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Steven and Fraser, their appointment is a statement of our intent to re-enter the junior ranks to be a successful club and not just to exist at that level.
It has taken a great amount of effort to attract guys of this calibre to our club and firmly puts in place the first major part of our rebuilding programme towards the start of the 2013/14 season.”
“These guys have a fantastic record as players in the SFL and Highland League, and although there is always calculated risk, we believe we have the complete package to enable the club to compete for trophies in the seasons to come”
“Steven and Fraser both have their C license badges, Steven has worked extensively at Speyside High School over the last 3 years educating, coaching and refereeing teenagers both within the school curriculum and outwith, and he has a good knowledge of the talent that has came through the school ranks in recent years. Of course no one has a greater statistical knowledge of the players at Highland League level either.
“Fraser has a clear desire to move into coaching and management and through Moray Social he has gained an understanding of what it takes to run a team as well as becoming fully versed with the Welfare ranks.
“Fraser will continue to play for Forres Mechanics until the end of the season, however a pre-contract has been agreed between the two clubs for Frasers services next season.
“I must also thank Forres Mechanics chairman Dr Anderson for the way negotiations were conducted regarding Frasers release from his current Forres deal.”
Murray said that he was impressed by the quality of enquiries about the job, and thanked all of those who applied and were interviewed for the position.
Rattray, aged 36, spent 13 seasons in the Highland League playing for Deveronvale, Buckie Thistle, Forres Mechanics and Lossiemouth as well having a spell at Elgin City. He is looking forward to the challenge of management and said, “With 13 seasons playing, 13 seasons reporting and 5 as a schools referee I am looking forward to getting involved in management alongside Fraser and Scotty.
“While we all had different attributes on the field we shared a hunger to win, to understand the game and always gave everything we could to try and ensure we were successful. Now we will look to apply the same principles to management.
“We are starting with a clean slate and the focus initially is going to be on bringing together a strong squad that combines both youth and experience. I feel it is important to give young players the opportunity to develop and having a few “older heads” will help them to improve. I look forward to the challenge.”
Fraser Bremner began his careeer at Borough Briggs featuring alongside Rattray at a time where he was capped as a Scottish Schoolboy International, featuring in a Victory Shield win over England at Princess Royal Park.
He went on to join Deveronvale before making the switch to Forres five years ago. Talking about his decision to move the Elgin based policeman said, “It will be very emotional leaving Forres, as it’s an unbelievable group of guys to play with, but having won every medal in the highland league, I feel now is a good time to try and fulfil my ambitions as a manager. I have been coaching and managing since I was 15, and did a lot if my coaching badges at a young age. I can't wait to get started with Ratts and Scotty, but until then I will give my all to Forres."
Murray added “The appointment of a local coach was always a priority for us and the club are delighted to announce the appointment of Scott Cameron”
“Having Scott coming on board as a coach is a real boost for the town. He is one of the most talented footballers Dufftown has produced and over recent years he has shown a real enthusiasm for coaching and for developing the young players in Dufftown and the wider Speyside area via his role as a coach with Dufftown’s youth teams, so he will be a real asset.”
Scott was a rising star in the local juvenile ranks playing alongside Rattray in the Elgin Boys Club selects before they were both amongst the first youngsters from the region to be brought through to the Aberdeen Juvenile ranks with Dyce before joining a highly successful Deveronside team. Cameron broke into the Huntly side before heading to Liverpool to study and returned to feature for Keith and Rothes.
Aged 35 the Dufftown native is a keen coach who is determined to give young players and local talent every opportunity to play and enjoy their football.
Back left Alan Murray ( President ), Back Right Dougie McCormack (Vice President)
Front Left – Fraser Bremner ( Co-Manager ), Centre- Steven Rattray (Co-Manager), Right- Scott Cameron (coach)