Club News

Partick teenager determined to follow in team-mate's footsteps

Tue 17 Jan 2017

Partick Thistle youngster Michael McMullin hopes becoming a permanent fixture in the Peterhead team can help realise his dream of playing Premiership football.

The 19 year old defender, who aims to win a new contract with the Jags, signed on loan with the Balmoor club on Friday night.

It's the teenager's second temporary stint away from Firhill after spending the second half of last season at East Stirling.

McMullin is determined to follow in the footsteps of team-mate Liam Lindsay, who has gone on to become a first-team regular at the heart of the Partick defence having previously spent time in Scotland's lower leagues.

McMullin said: "I have spoken to Liam a few times because he went out to Alloa first and although that move did not really work out, he then went to Airdrie and improved a lot."

"He came back and was part of the Partick first team and when he got his chance, he took it."

Partick manager Alan Archibald will be monitoring the left-sided central defender's progress during the second half of the season in League 1.

McMullin continued: "The manager just said I need to go out and get more experience."

"I was on loan in League 2 last season and he told me this was a great opportunity to better my game in League 1."

"I enjoy playing in the Development League with Partick because under 20s teams do try and play football but I need to get more accustomed to playing against men in the lower leagues."

"At times, it will just be a battle but that will help the defensive side of my game and my strength and physicality."

Less than 24 hours after agreeing a switch to Peterhead, McMullin played the full 90 minutes in the Blue Toon's 1-0 win at Alloa.

It was a dream debut, particularly as he only met his new team-mates on the afternoon of the match.

McMullin added: "I thought it might have been a bit awkward but I know Aaron Comrie from St Johnstone so that was not so bad."

"Then the captain Simon Ferry introduced me to everyone, which I thought was great, and after that I was raring to go."

"Prior to the match, I had noticed Alloa were second in the table so I knew they would be decent opponents and the last 20 minutes especially were really hard."

"They were putting a lot of balls in the box and we had to defend for our lives basically."

 

By Glenn Moir