COVE Rangers FC are delighted to confirm the signing of former Watford defender Tom Leighton.
The 19-year-old Northern Ireland youth international , who was a free agent after leaving the English Premier League side in the summer, has agreed a deal until the end of the season.
Tom began his career at Motherwell and was coached by current assistant manager Gordon Young, who was in charge of the youth academy at Fir Park at that time.
Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley said: “Celtic and Aberdeen had looked at Tom since he came back to Scotland, so we are delighted he has agreed to join us.
“He’s a very promising young player who needs a chance to get on in the game and we are happy to give Tom that opportunity.
“Gordon rates him very highly and managed to persuade Tom to come and train with us over the last couple of weeks.
“He has really impressed with his pace, use of the ball and reading of the game.
“We are confident he can do well for us.”
Tom, who was born in Carluke and came through the SFA performance school at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell, will be added to the Cove squad for this weekend’s Ladbrokes League Two clash with Stenhousemuir.
Tom can play anywhere across the back line and was a youth player with the Steelmen from the age of 12.
He impressed enough to be invited for trials by a host of top clubs, including Portuguese giants Benfica.
Tom eventually chose to sign a full-time professional contract with Watford when he was 16 and was made captain of their under-18 side and also played in their under-23 team.
He left the Hornets at the end of last season because he is eager to gain more experience of first team football.
Tom has been capped five times at under-19 level for Northern Ireland, for whom he qualifies to play for through one of his grandparents.
Everyone at Cove Rangers would like to wish Tom well during his time at Balmoral Stadium.