Club News

Squad strength pleases the boss

Thu 18 Feb 2016

Jim McInally claims his squad has never been better as the Blue Toon bid to strengthen their grip on the play-offs this weekend. 
Second top Peterhead visit Cowdenbeath, a team they thumped 7-0 in League 1 in November.  
Even though Steven Noble, Scott Ross and Jordon Brown are suspended, the Balmoor boss insists the team will not be weakened and that they can continue their fantastic form in Fife.  
McInally told Waves Radio Sport:  "I feel as though we have got the players to come in and just carry on."  
"The strength and quality of the squad really pleases me." 
"Usually at this stage of the season, you would have one or two players in the squad, who you no longer want and might look to move on."
"But for the first time in my managerial career, I have not got anybody at the club that I do not want." 
"I am happy to go into Saturday's game minus three players knowing I have another three coming in that I would like to have in the team anyway."  
Leading the attack at Central Park will be Rory McAllister, a player McInally believes could hold his own with any club in Scotland.  
The top marksman in League 1 has been a serial scorer for the Blue Toon since joining from Brechin in 2011 and last week netted his 100th league goal for the club.  
Other than stints at Aberdeen and Inverness as a youngster, the 28 year old has operated in the lower leagues, but McInally has no doubt he could make the step up.
McInally continued: "In my opinion, Rory could play in the top league, no problem." 
"He has never really touched the ceiling of where he should be because apart from his first few years in football, he has not been full time."  
"But if you imagine a really fit Rory McAllister and I'm not just talking about a boy, who trains one night a week.  I'm talking about a Rory McAllister training full-time." 
"I think that would take his game up to another level, which would make him good enough to play for any team in the top league." 
"But he is happy doing what he is doing and we are pleased to have him because he is a great boy to have about and he is a fantastic player."