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Defender delighted to seal Balmoor move

Fri 17 Jun 2016

New arrival Scott Rumsby has admitted not even the lure of the Championship would have stopped him completing his move to Peterhead.

The central defender this week became Jim McInally’s first summer signing after agreeing a 12 month contract.

Rumsby was a free agent after a three year spell with Stranraer who, like Peterhead, were in the shake-up for promotion from League 1 last season.

Both clubs reached the play-offs and while the Blue Toon tumbled at the semi-final hurdle, the Stair Park team made it to the final, suffering the agony of a penalty shoot-out loss against Ayr Utd after a tense tussle.

However, regardless of the outcome, Rumsby had already set his sights on a new challenge and had committed to joining the Balmoor squad.

Rumsby told Waves Radio Sport: “Even if Stranraer had won that shoot-out and got promoted, I had made my mind up I was coming to Peterhead.”

“I had already committed to it and now that it has been finalised, I am delighted.”

“I had three good years at Stranraer, although it did not finish too well for me because I missed the last seven or eight games.”

“I had dropped out of the team with the flu and the following week I lost my place and was unable to get it back.”

“But it was time for a change for me anyway. I had a good run at it with Stranraer and now coming to Peterhead is a fresh challenge.” 

So why Peterhead for the Glasgow-based 22 year old?

Rumsby continued: “Jim said he had seen enough of me over the last few years and liked me as a player so that reassurance was why I wanted to join Peterhead.”

“This was back in April and he told me that even if Peterhead had gone up to the Championship, he would still want to take me on board so it was really respectful of him and that put me at ease.”

A new changing room means new faces but Rumsby has settled in well after joining up with the rest of the squad for pre-season training earlier this month.

The former Aberdeen rookie said: “I know Jordon Brown from my days at Aberdeen when I was younger and I also know Scott Ross from being up at Pittodrie.”

“I met Simon Ferry last night at training for the first time and he seems a bit of a character!”

“But all the boys have been brand new and seem a good bunch. When you come into a new changing room, sometimes it is hard to find your feet but I have enjoyed it so far.”

The new fixture card has, for the opening match, pitted Peterhead with League 1 newcomers Alloa, who were demoted from the Championship.

Home games against East Fife and Albion Rovers will follow, before Rumsby meets his old employers on the south west.

Ahead of that, the Blue Toon will have ties in the Scottish League Cup and Challenge Cup, competitions which have both been overhauled for the new campaign.

Rumsby added: “I don’t mind the changes and it will be good to get right into games. That means less pre-season running and more game time so I think that suits all the boys.”


By Glenn Moir