Shire skipper Derek Ure will get the chance to add to his impressive appearance statistics for the club after agreeing to sign a contract extension for 2017/18 season, which will be his 12th with the team.
Derek, who passed the 300 league game landmark for the club earlier this season, made his debut for Shire back in 2001 and stayed for ten unbroken years until the end of the 2010/11 campaign.
After a five year break at Camelon Juniors he returned to lead the club’s Lowland League debut as he was, not surprisingly, made club captain by new head coach John Sludden. Derek has been a virtual ever-present this term, barring a couple of injury and suspension absences, and was delighted to accept the opportunity to extend his stay at the club further.
Equally, everyone associated with the club is looking forward to having the skipper lead the Shire for another season.
The board, having extended the contracts of the coaching staff, has given John and his fellow coaches the backing to build for the future and Derek’s return will be a very big part of this.
With the release of the details of his contract extension there is now a nucleus of players who have committed themselves to Shire for next season along with the coaches, and more will be added in time as we aim to plan for a brighter future.