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Double signing swoop pleases manager

Mon 16 Jan 2017

Peterhead manager Jim McInally claims new signing Allan Smith is hungry to do well to make up for lost time.

The 22 year old's progress has been hindered by injury after a bright start to his career with Dunfermline.

Now fully fit again, Smith has taken up the offer of a contract until the end of the season after a spell with League 2 leaders Forfar.

McInally said: "Allan was on my radar in pre-season but he had been a long time out with a pubic bone injury, which is a serious one for a young player."

"He underwent rehabilitation with the physiotherapist at Forfar and ended up signing there for a while."

"By the time he was up to match speed, Forfar were already flying in League 2 so he found it hard to get regular games."

"But he was always a player I liked and I made contact with him last week.:"

"He looked really fit when he came along to training on Wednesday and although he had offers from Stenhousemuir and Montrose, he chose to come and join us."

Following Stefan McCluskey's abrupt exit in November, Peterhead have been short in attack with Rory McAllister and Leighton McIntosh the two options.

Nicky Riley has featured centrally for chunks of the season but McInally believes Smith's arrival will bring healthy competition for places.

The Balmoor boss continued: "What Allan will bring is an energy to the team."

"Allan is a real workhorse and he will run in behind and defend from the front and hopefully he will be a good foil for Rory and Leighton, who both need competition up front."

"The other thing about Allan is he started about 15 games for Dunfermline and scored seven goals."

"He was highly rated but I think he got caught up in the administration there so he has not had a lot of luck. He is hungry to do well and that is what we need."

It has been a productive January transfer window for the Blue Toon so far, with Smith becoming the fourth player to be added to the squad.

St Johnstone pair Aaron Comrie and Liam Gordon were first through the door at Balmoor before Michael McMullin was brought in from Partick on Friday night.

!9 year old McMullin impressed on his debut in Saturday's 1-0 win at Alloa, partnering Scott Ross at the heart of the defence. Comrie also played his part in the victory but Gordon has yet to feature after an injury setback.

McInally said: "Michael was thrown into the deep end on Saturday and did really well."

"Having him until the end of the season is a bonus because he is left-sided and gives us good balance in the centre of the defence."

"We had that balance last season with Ally Gilchrist and it gives us the option to play with a back three and throw more players forward."

"I am happy with the business we have done so far."

 

Tomorrow, Michael McMullin speaks to Peterheadfc.com

By Glenn Moir