Stirling University captain Angus Mailer has completed a one year deal to sign for League 2 side Elgin City.
The 21 year old defender has agreed a pre-contract to join Elgin at the start of next season. He said his mind was made up after his Father, Craig Mailer, recommended the club:
“My Dad was keen for me to sign. Even though he only played one year there he said it was a great club. He would have played for longer but he got injured at the end of his first year. He really enjoyed his time there, so that was really influential for me. Both my parents were really keen for me to sign.”
Mailer will be joining former Uni teammate Rory MacEwan in Elgin. The new signing says he has taken inspiration from MacEwan, who scored in the side’s 3-0 victory over Cove at the weekend.
“I messaged Rory about the move, but seeing how well he is doing just shows if you take your chance you can get in the team. Obviously he scored on Saturday and he’s been getting a good run in the team. Hopefully I can do the same.
“The gaffer, Gavin Price, came along to some of our games earlier in the season and he was really keen to get me on board. He got in touch after seeing me play in a University game and it was a no-brainer really.
“I’d say I’m quite a versatile player, so hopefully that will help me when I make the move. I started off as a full back but I moved into centre half at Stirling. I’ve also played as a winger and as a central midfielder.
“I think my height could hold me back from playing centre half at a senior level, but I’d try take the opportunity to impress no matter where I play.”
Mailer has captained his student side to impressive victories this season, including against East Stirlingshire, and the team currently sit 10th in the Lowland League.
“I think playing in the Lowland League for four years has been huge for me. Chris Geddes, the Uni manager, has really turned the team into a student team. It used to be that non-students would come into the Saturday team, but now everyone that plays is a student.
“It’s really helped me because you get chucked into the deep end, playing against ex-senior players every weekend. I think it’s really prepared me for a step-up. I’d like to thank Geddes because he’s really prepared me, and many others, for a move up.”
Mailer and MacEwan are not the first Uni players to join the pro ranks, with Blair Lyons (Partick Thistle) and Lewis Hunter (East Fife) both coming from Geddes’s team.
Mailer will be looking to finish the season strong with his current club, who face Scottish Cup 5th rounders BSC Glasgow this Saturday.