BACK IN ACTION: Jordon Brown featured in the first pre-season game, a 2-1 victory over Inverurie Locos at Balmoral Stadium.

COVE Rangers attacker Jordon Brown is excited by the prospect of playing for new manager - and former teammate- Paul Hartley.
Paul and assistant Gordon Young looked on from the Alan McRae Stand at Balmoral Stadium as Cove beat Inverurie Locos 2-1 in a friendly played just hours after they were  confirmed as the club’s new management team.
Jordon, who came off the bench during what was an entertaining clash with Highland League Locos, played alongside his new boss when Paul was captain of Aberdeen so knows the qualities he will bring to the club.
Jordon said: “I know Paul well from our time together at Pittodrie, it will be great working with him again.
“He was my captain and always willing to take time to offer advice to and encourage the younger players like myself.
“Those who played in midfield, as Paul did, will find what he says helpful, I certainly did.”
Paul said after being appointed that he is delighted with the squad he has inherited at Cove and doesn’t envisage too many changes ahead of the start of their League Two campaign.
Jordon admitted it’s a message that went down well in the home dressing room.
“It’s exactly what you want to hear when a new manager has been appointed,” he said.
“There is often a bit of uncertainty when there is any sort of change but we all got a lift from Paul showing respect for what we achieved last season and saying he has belief in us doing well for him.
“We are also pleased to see a manager with the impressive record Paul has arriving ahead of what we know is going to be a huge campaign for all of us.
“He got Alloa promoted two seasons in a row, which was a great achievement.
“We want to go as high as we can too and it can only help that we have a management team who have experience of what it takes to not only compete but also succeed in League Two.”
All of the players stripped by Cove for the friendly against Locos got a run-out and it proved to be a worthwhile exercise for both clubs.
Cove took the lead in the 24th minute when Harry MILNE thundered in a 25-yard shot that Locos keeper Andy Reid got a hand to but couldn’t stop.
Jamie MASSON made it 2-0 just before the hour with a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the Locos area.
Jordan COOPER replied for Locos in the 75th minute when he created space for himself inside the Cove penalty box then steered a shot home.
Things didn’t go as well as former Cove skipper Eric Watson would have hoped on his return to Balmoral with Locos.
He suffered a gash to his head after just 10 minutes and eventually had to go off because the wound wouldn’t stop bleeding. Eric, thankfully, was fine when he left the stadium after the game.
Cove ace Jordon, who came on for Jimmy Scott in the second half, enjoyed getting some game time, despite the fact he had only just returned from his summer break that morning.
“Everyone wants to get as much minutes in as they can at this stage because it’s all about getting ourselves fit for when the competitive stuff starts,” he said.
Cove’s next pre-season friendly is at home to Montrose this Saturday, 3pm.

LOOKING ON: Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley watched the 2-1 friendly victory over Inverurie Locos from the stand.