Westwood footballer David Proctor has signed a one-year extension to his contract with Canadian side Edmonton.
The 26-year-old signed an initial three-month deal when he joined the National American Soccer League side in July, but the club have taken the option to secure his services for 2013.
Proctor is currently back in his hometown with the NASL in their off-season, but the former Inverness Caley Thistle defender is preparing to start a new life with wife Rhona in the New Year.
He told the News: “I’m delighted Edmonton took the option to keep me on at the club for next season and that means I can plan my future more clearly now.
“I had been out there for a few months and Rhona was only able to come out for a couple of weeks, but we are going to move out there full-time and we are really looking forward to it.
“With the club in the off-season right now, it’s great to come back to Scotland for Christmas and New Year. It gives us the chance to spend time with our families before we leave for Canada the first week in January.
“It’s a big move, but an exciting one and I’m looking forward to playing for the club again.” Edmonton failed to reach the NASL playoffs last season, finishing bottom of the table, but with no relegation in the NASL Proctor is looking forward to a more successful campaign next year.
He added: “There is no promotion or relegation in the league so we don’t go down or anything – it’s all geared towards reaching the playoffs and that’s our aim for next season.
“The club are in the middle of a rebuilding process right now with players coming and going, but we’ve strengthened and things are looking up.”
Proctor joined the Eddies from Inverness and has no regrets about his move after watching his old side reach a league cup semi-final.
“It was time for something different when I left Inverness anyway, so I wouldn’t change anything,” said the ex-Westwood Rovers man.
“I know Scottish football isn’t in a great state right now – except for Celtic’s win over Barcelona last week – so I don’t regret leaving and trying something new.
“But it’s not a surprise to see Inverness doing so well. In the Shinnie brothers (Andrew and Graeme) they have matchwinners to put Rangers out of the cup, so I knew they had it in them.
“I went to watch them play Kilmarnock the other week and it will always be a team I follow.”