COVE NEW BOY RYAN RELISHING CHALLENGES AHEAD IN HIGHLAND LEAGUE
NEW Cove Rangers signing Ryan Ferguson says he's desperate for his first crack at playing in the Breedon Highland League.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who has been taken in on loan from Montrose until January, trained with his new team-mates for the first time at Balmoral Stadium tonight (Wednesday).
And Ryan admitted he's hoping to feature in Saturday's home league clash against Keith.
"I just can't wait to get started now," said Ryan, who was in the Montrose side that knocked Cove out of the Irn Bru Cup, on penalties, at Balmoral earlier in the season.
"I've played against Cove a few times, including this season, so know they have a really strong squad, with a lot of quality players.
"I know I won't be walking into the team but I'm convinced it's the right club for me to be at and I'm determined to show I'm good enough to get a regular game.
"The chance to play in the Highland League for the first time really excites me too, I'm sure it will be a lot of fun.
"The away games in particular will be a bit of an adventure because I will be going to some places I've never been to before.
"I'm well aware of how tough it's going to be, though.
"I spoke to my good pal Gary Fraser, who plays for Formartine United (they were team-mates at Montrose for a couple of seasons), and he has marked my card.
"I trust Gary's opinion and he said the standard is very high and that you face testing matches every week.
"I've also spoken to a couple of other pals who played in the league previously.
"It was good to get some idea of what to expect, it made me even more eager to accept the chance offered to me by Cove."
Ryan is scheduled to return to Links Park in the New Year but hasn't ruled out remaining with Cove beyond that.
The former Dundee United youth player admitted the opportunity to play for Cove boss John Sheran long term is the main attraction.
John has made no secret of the fact Ryan is a player he has been keen on signing for some time.
Ryan said: "It's up to me to impress while I'm on loan and then take things from there.
"I would certainly be open to the idea of staying with Cove.
"I've been very honest with the Montrose manager and said that I'm looking for regular game time.
"It's also been nice to hear the Cove manager rates me.
"He's a really nice guy and every player likes to know he's wanted.
"I also know Cove are a very ambitious club, if they feel I can help them get to where they want to be I would be happy with that."