COVE Rangers midfielder Blair Yule says life has never been better for him in football than it is at the moment.
The 26-year-old returned to the club in the summer after a year away playing in Scottish Professional Football League with Arbroath.
He loved the chance to play at a higher level with the Red Lichties, but confessed he was delighted when Cove offered him the opportunity to make a rapid return to the Breedon Highland League with them.
"It has worked out perfectly because I'm really enjoying football again," said Blair, who will be hoping to keep up his recent good form when Cove face Formartine United at Balmoral Stadium tonight in the Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield, 8pm.
"Don't get me wrong, I have no regrets about making the choice to leave Cove to play for Arbroath.
"I might have regretted it if I hadn't taken the chance to see what playing in the SPFL was like.
"It was a great experience but I have to admit I wasn't enjoying it as much as I always have while playing for Cove.
"Hopefully I will get another chance to play in the SPFL - with Cove.
"But we are some way from that at the moment.
"Right now I'm just happy to be back with a club that has always been good to me and hopefully I can give them something in return for handing me a second opportunity.
"This is where I want to be, it's my club.
"I would love it if I could help them finally gain promotion this year.
"I wasn't here last season but I was still gutted when they lost to Cowdenbeath in the play offs.
"The only bonus for me is that it meant I didn't miss out on being part of the Cove side that finally made history by going up.
"Hopefully we will get another chance this year, if we do I can promise you I will be doing all I can to make sure it's Cove who come out on top."
Blair is delighted to already have an Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup winners' medal in his trophy cabinet just a few months into his return.
He hopes to take a step closer to picking one up in the Shire Shield too but isn't taking anything for granted against a Formartine side more than capable of beating anyone on their day.
"I've never played in a game against Formartine that wasn't tough," he said.
"I expect it to be the same tonight.
"We are going to have to come up with another very good performance to have any chance of getting through.
"But everyone looks forward to clashes with Formartine, they are always competitive and players know you have to be right up for them or you have no hope."
Blair is pleased they go into this evening's game with their 100% record in the Breedon Highland League still intact.
Two Mitch Megginson goals gave Cove a 2-0 win away to Wick at the weekend in a game that was marred by the home side getting two players sent off.
Blair admitted it was tough going at times but feels they deserved to record their 13th league win on the trot.u
"We got the job done and that's all that matters," said Blair.
"The manager gave us a game plan and I feel we executed it pretty well.
"The sending offs clearly helped, but we played well as a team and earned the win.
"Part of the planning by the manager included getting us to play up hill, against the wind, in the first half.
"It's always difficult at Wick if it's the other way around and you are maybe having to defend a tight lead in difficult conditions in the second half.
"But we won the toss and got the choice we hoped for and everything worked out as we were hoping for.
"It's even more pleasing because a lot of people would have been looking for Wick to do us over and cut back our lead at the top of the table.
"Coming back from up there with all three points really pleased us because the pressure is now on our rivals to see if they are up to doing the same, it's one of the toughest venues to go in this league."