Club News

Smith keen to put Pars exit and injuries behind him

Fri 20 Jan 2017

Allan Smith is ready to put turbulent times behind him to kick-start his career with Peterhead.

Still just 22, the attacker has had a lot to contend with so far.

He survived a cull when Dunfermline went into administration in 2013 although the cost-cutting meant Smith quickly became a first team regular under Jim Jefferies and subsequently John Potter.

However, after the East End Park club came through the crisis period, Alan Johnston took over and wasted no time in re-shaping his squad.

All 18 players, whose contracts were due to expire at the end of the 2014/15 season, were told their services were no longer required and Smith was among the casualties.

Smith said: "We all saw it coming."

"When administration hit the club initially, the young boys got a chance of first team football and it was a big responsibility."

"There was nothing more I could have done but then when the club sorted itself out, Alan Johnston came in with his own ideas."

"He basically phoned everyone up and said he would not be renewing any contracts, which allowed him to start again with a new team."

"It was not a surprise because the lads had all heard the rumours but I was prepared for it."

Smith has had to start all over again to prove himself, although injuries have held him back.

Last season, he was on the books at Stenhousemuir where he was only able to make seven appearances.

Still unfit at the start of this term, Smith worked hard to get back on the pitch and agreed terms with Forfar, whose flying start to the League 2 campaign limited his game time.

Smith said: "Peterhead actually contacted me last summer and Jim McInally asked if I wanted to play in a trial game."

"I was not fit at the time so I had to knock back the opportunity but it is good to get another chance now and I aim to make the most of it."

"Things did not really work out for me at Forfar so I just want to get going with Peterhead and enjoy playing football games again."

"I have not set any targets for the rest of the season although my long term goal is to return to full-time football."

"But I am taking baby steps just now."

 

Meanwhile, Leighton McIntosh's red card in last week's win at Alloa has been rescinded.  The former Dundee striker was sent off for violent conduct following a challenge on Jason Marr, not long after he had received a booking.

Following an SFA meeting, he was instead awarded a yellow card and will now only miss one match.  The club had its appeal deposit returned by the Judicial Tribunal.

 

By Glenn Moir