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Regretless Rory enjoying life at Peterhead

Thu 10 Mar 2016

McALLISTER IS FEBRUARY'S LEAGUE 1 PLAYER OF THE MONTH

By Glenn Moir

His track record shows he guarantees goals. But Peterhead striker Rory McAllister has no regrets about not making the step up in Scottish football.

The newly named League 1 Player of the Month, who has netted more than 100 times for the Blue Toon, says contentment is the reason why he has shunned full time status.

McAllister's boss, Jim McInally, February's Manager of the Month, recently stated the 28 year old would have no problem operating in Scotland's top tier.

But the player himself has no desire to move on and has spoken about the possibility of seeing out the rest of his career at Balmoor.

McAllister said: "A lot of my pals, who are football fans, think I should have taken the step up but I don't think it is worth it."

"Most teams are not handing out long contracts so it is a big commitment to give up your job for the sake of a 10 - 12 month deal."

"But I can't say I regret anything. Just look at what Peterhead have achieved in the last few seasons."

"We have won the league, got promoted and I have picked up Player of the Year awards."

McAllister continued: "I think I have done well and the most important thing is that I am enjoying it here."

"I get on well with everybody at Peterhead. We have a good manager, a good bunch of players and good people working hard behind the scenes."

Regarding his future, the Blue Toon talisman said:"I like it here and the board and manager know that."

"I have got another year left of my contract and I don't know if we will be talking again in the summer about extending it."

"I have not really thought about it because I don't see myself going anywhere else in the near future anyway."

Peterhead's latest accolades come amid their best ever run in the SPFL.

They are 16 games unbeaten and tucked in behind leaders Dunfermline.

It's fabulous form and McAllister claims it is even more remarkable considering the team trains just one night a week.

The former Brechin striker added: "I think it is pretty amazing how well we have done."

"I can near guarantee the other sides train twice a week and Dunfermline four times."

"Yet we have matched Dunfermline every time we have met and we have beaten all the other teams. Just look at the run we have been on."

" I know it is hard to get all the boys together because of where we are situated and at least half of the guys are down south."

"There are only six or seven of us from the Aberdeen area. But imagine if we trained two or three times a week, we would be even better."

"It's not really possible though because everybody has work commitments elsewhere."

February was fantastic for the Blue Toon after four straight wins and 12 goals, of which McAllister claimed five including a hat-trick against Brechin.

No real surprise then that he becomes the third Peterhead player to add a trophy to the mantelpiece, after Leighton McIntosh and Shane Sutherland, and not forgetting his manager, who for the second successive month, was the league's top boss.

McAllister said: "It's a good moment for the club again because that is now three players, who have got it and two in a row for the gaffer."

"We have been going really well as a team and we want to carry that on for the rest of the season."