Cove Rangers and Jim McIntyre blissful to broaden horizons in seek for new additions
The signing of striker Gerry McDonagh this week represented a change in route for Cove, as he’s the primary participant they’ve introduced in from outdoors Scotland since they joined the SPFL in 2019.
McIntyre’s contacts helped deliver the deal about, with Martin Woods, who he labored with at Ross County, recommending McDonagh after he performed alongside him at Halifax City.
Jim McIntyre accepts strengthening the Cove Rangers squad could require him wanting a bit additional afield.
The marketplace for lower-league golf equipment has proved difficult this summer time, with a scarcity of gamers out there early on within the window. The state of affairs could ease up within the coming weeks, as gamers on the lookout for full-time presents could have to just accept a step down if these offers don’t materialise.
However broadening their horizons might be no unhealthy factor for Cove, as they search to bolster their squad for all times within the Championship.
“I feel that was very clear from my opening week within the job,” mentioned McIntyre. “We had loads of discussions about would gamers be serious about coming right here.
“Loads of gamers nonetheless wish to stay full-time and aren’t prepared to take that drop. You’ve then acquired one other batch of gamers who will as a result of they wish to get into the working world, as they’re coming to the latter phases of their profession.
“There’s a steadiness to be struck however it’s necessary we don’t pigeon-hole ourselves into anybody space. I’ve acquired to say the chairman has been sensible when it comes to supporting me wanting a bit additional afield and making this type of deal occur.”
McDonagh represents the primary piece of enterprise since McIntyre was appointed a fortnight in the past, with the 50-year-old including: “It’s very gradual in the mean time. There’s little doubt we have to add – we’ve spoken about that from the day I’ve come within the door. However we should be affected person.”
Their new signing hails from Nottingham, the place he got here by means of the academy at Forest alongside Matty Money and Oli Burke.
He had mortgage spells at Wrexham, Cambridge and Aldershot, earlier than shifting on to Barnsley, Tamworth, Kettering and Halifax.
The actual fact McDonagh has chosen to step out of his consolation zone impressed McIntyre, as he appears to kick-start his profession.
“His pedigree isn’t doubtful. He’s seeking to come right here and put a marker down, get a run of video games within the crew,” mentioned McIntyre.
“Hopefully we might help one another, with me being a former striker and serving to him get within the positions he must get in to, then him exhibiting the need to return up right here on the lookout for a contemporary begin.
“We’ve solely had a few periods up to now however we like what we see. He’s fitted in with the lads as nicely.”