KELTY HEARTS have agreed a deal to extend Nicky Low’s loan from Arbroath until the end of the season.

New Central Park manager, John Potter, said an agreement between the clubs had been reached to allow the 31-year-old (right) to remain with the League One side.

Former Aberdeen and Dundee midfielder Low made the move from Gayfield in September, initially until the end of January, and has made 12 appearances, scoring twice.

Although he has been out of action since a win at Queen of the South in December, with Potter hopeful he could be in contention for a return for this Saturday’s visit of Falkirk, Low was a player the club hoped to keep, and concluded the formalities before the closure of the transfer deadline on Tuesday.

In what has been a busy January at the club, striker Kyle Doherty left on a permanent deal to join league rivals Clyde; loanees Scott McGill and Cammy Logan returned to parent club, Heart of Midlothian; whilst youngster, Scott Cameron, joined Dundonald Bluebell on a temporary deal until the end of the season.

Tiwi Damarola, who returned immediately to Bo’ness Athletic on loan, was signed on a permanent contract and is one of three incomings, alongside Aberdeen defender Jack Milne and Cove Rangers wide man Robbie Leitch.

The latter pair have both signed on loan until the end of the season, and made their league debuts in Saturday’s draw at Montrose.

Leitch, 24, has made 11 appearances for Cove in the Championship this season, having helped them win League One last term, and has also turned out for Motherwell, Burnley, Falkirk, St Mirren, Queen’s Park and Croatian side, NK Novigrad.

“He’s an attacking midfielder who can play in two or three positions,” Potter said. “He can score goals, he can create and he has good energy. We need more options in the forward areas and he’s someone we’ve known about and been looking at.

“He did well on Saturday. He got into the box a couple of times and was unlucky with a couple of shots. He adds competition so we’re delighted to bring him in.

“I saw him a lot last year when he was at Cove (and Potter was coaching with Queen’s Park). He’s hungry, he wants to get out and play games, and we hope he’ll add something to our squad.”

With clubs outwith the top flight able to bring in loan signings during February, Potter revealed that there may be “one or two” player movements in and out during that timeframe.

Kelty welcome Falkirk to New Central Park on Saturday having already defeated the Bairns in both of their encounters this season.

Since their derby defeat at home to Dunfermline on Christmas Eve, Kelty are unbeaten in four league games, three of which have been drawn, but John McGlynn’s side are bang in form.

“They’re on a really good run. They’ve won their last five games and are looking to chase down Dunfermline, but it’s a brilliant game for us,” Potter continued.

“We’ve done really well against them, but, in both games, they’ve had spells where they’ve played well. They’ve definitely strengthened; the players they’ve lost were maybe bit-part players, and the ones they’ve brought in would be starters.

“They’ve got good players and they’ll be hurting after losing to us twice. It’ll be a difficult game, but it’s up to us to make sure it’s a difficult game for them as well.”