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Legendary Brora Rangers goalkeeper Joe Malin becomes latest to join Conor Gethins’ revolution at Clachnacuddin


By Andrew Henderson

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Clachnacuddin have continued their recruitment drive with the addition of experienced Highland League goalkeeper Joe Malin.

The 35-year-old has had a long association with Brora Rangers, making over 300 appearances for the Cattachs and keeping over 150 clean sheets.

He had spent time in Celtic’s youth system before making a senior breakthrough with Ross County, and he has been based in the Highlands ever since.

Joe Malin has been a mainstay at Brora Rangers for more than a decade, but he has decided to join Clach instead of retiring. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Joe Malin has been a mainstay at Brora Rangers for more than a decade, but he has decided to join Clach instead of retiring. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Most recently, Malin played a starring role in Brora’s Highland League Cup triumph last season, after deciding against hanging up his gloves he is looking forward to passing on his experience to the Lilywhites squad next season.

“I’m delighted to be joining Clach and looking forward to getting started,” he told Clach’s website.

“The club has a great history and as everyone knows, it has a great fan base and huge potential.

“There are some really talented young players in the squad and a strong group of goalkeepers who I am looking forward to working with.

“I’ll try my best to help the young lads any way that I can and hopefully they can benefit from the experience I’ve gained over the last 20 years.

“The positivity from the chairman, Grant (Munro, director of football) and the manager is infectious and you can see how hard they are all working to improve the club.”

Manager Conor Gethins added: “This is an incredible signing for Clach. He is without doubt the best goal keeper the Highland League has had over the last 15 years.

“It was not even on the radar as Joe had retired only a month ago. We walked past each other on the street outside a coffee shop and went inside just to catch up, and we talked about Clach.

“I told him how passionate we are to push the club forward and it was something that he said he would love to have been apart off and I said you still could be and the rest is history.

“What Joe will bring to the club is leadership, a desire to win, a desire to help develop the keepers we already have.

“It's an amazing opportunity for them to learn of him, watch him, talk to him and see how he conducts himself on the pitch. We as a management team and board are very excited to have Joe on board.”


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