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Inverurie Loco Works can this morning confirm that experienced midfielder Paul Coutts has arrived at Harlaw Park. Paul was at League One Bristol Rovers last season and has played for Peterborough, Preston North End, Derby County, Sheffield United, Fleetwood Town & Salford after leaving Cove Rangers in 2008. The thirty-five year old won seven Scotland Under 21 caps earned whilst at Peterborough & Preston.

Commenting on the exciting & high profile acquisition, Manager Andy Low said: “Couttsy is a brilliant signing for the Club and he will bring so much quality, knowledge and experience to us all, both on and off the park, having worked at the top level for so long.

It’s one that has been in the background for a couple of months now and I always felt there was a chance during initial chats that we had, although admittedly even I felt this one was very ambitious. He had many full time opportunities in England and Scotland but the mix of coming back home to his family whilst continuing playing locally, and back in the SHFL was what suited him best. Once it all became a possibility, his enthusiasm to be part of it during our discussions has been fantastic, and it was all agreed very quickly. He is currently going through his A Licence with the English FA so he will also have the opportunity to work with us on the coaching side too.

Having trained the last couple of weeks, the class that he will bring was there for all to see. That standard and demands that he sets on the park can only be beneficial to the group going forward, and I am looking forward to him getting started right away”.