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Shane: I was not looking to quit Peterhead

Mon 13 Feb 2017

Shane Sutherland (far right) lining up for Peterhead in the Petrofac Training Cup final at Hampden Shane Sutherland (far right) lining up for Peterhead in the Petrofac Training Cup final at Hampden

Shane Sutherland has admitted he was not planning to leave Peterhead but looks back on his year at Balmoor with only fond memories.

The 26 year old opted for a return to Elgin last summer after failing to agree a new contract with the Blue Toon.

Sutherland made 35 appearances for Jim McInally's men last season and scored 13 goals.

There were numerous highlights along the way, notably helping the Aberdeenshire team reach the Challenge Cup final and playing his part in a club record 19 match unbeaten streak.

Sutherland said: "It was one of the most enjoyable seasons I have had in football."

"I was not looking to leave at all and certainly by last February or March, I was more than happy to stay."

"But the contract offer was not what I wanted and the travelling was a factor as well."

"I looked at my options and when the offer came in from Elgin, it made more sense from a family point of view for me to go back to Borough Briggs."

The Inverness-based forward continued: "These things happen at every level of football so you just have to get on with it but I look back on my time at Peterhead with good memories."

"I was part of the team that set the unbeaten record and we got to a cup final, which did not pan out as we had hoped, but it was still a special day."

"I also played with some really good players, learned off some really good coaches and the manager, Jim, was excellent with me."

"He got me in to Inverness so that I could train on a day-to-day basis and he helped me out a lot."

"I do not have a bad word to say about the club and I wish everybody there well."

"Hopefully, Peterhead can make the promotion play-offs again."

Sutherland is currently enjoying a career best goalscoring season with Peterhead's former Highland League rivals.

Prior to the weekend, no-one had scored more in Scotland's four leagues, although Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has now surpassed his tally following a second successive hat-trick.

The former Inverness Caley Thistle forward said: "This season has been by far and away the best I have had since I started playing 30 to 40 games per season three or four years ago."

"I have scored 23 goals so far and 17 of those have come in the league so I am happy with my return, particularly as we are just midway through February."

"15 was my previous best total so things have been going well and I am enjoying my football."

Sutherland has just picked up the League 2 Player of the Month award for January, the second time he has been recognised this season.

Elgin are looking a good bet for at least a play-off spot as they look to climb out of Scotland's bottom tier for the first time since entering the SPFL along with the Blue Toon in 2000.

Sutherland said: "From where Elgin is based, the club does not have the greatest pick of players, similar to Peterhead, because you have to find the south-based ones, who are willing to commit to the travelling."

"But both clubs seem to do alright and we got a big crowd at the Inverness game in the Scottish Cup last month, which showed the potential of the club."

"Even at the last Forfar game at home, more than 1,000 supporters turned up so there is definitely a fan base there."

"It would be great to help Elgin win promotion to League 1."

 

By Glenn Moir