Club News

Blue Toon boss in no rush to fill McCluskey void

Thu 24 Nov 2016

Jim McInally has admitted he may have to wait until the New Year to find a replacement for Stefan McCluskey following the striker's shock exit from Peterhead.

Earlier this month, McCluskey informed the Balmoor boss by text message he would not be returning to the club, claiming he was no longer enjoying his football with the Blue Toon.

It followed a minor incident during the League 1 defeat to Brechin on the 5th November when he was unhappy at being substituted.

The sudden departure of the 25 year old, who had been a regular starter since signing a season-long contract in August, has left McInally short of attacking options.

However, the Peterhead manager won't be rushed into filling the void.

McInally said: "When we brought Stefan in, it was because we were one player short in the forward area and now we are back in that position again."

"We have been looking to see what is out there but it is not easy to sign someone at this stage."

"For now, we may just have to get on with it and hope something turns up but the probability is that we will need to wait until the transfer window reopens."

McInally is confident he has enough cover to get through the festive period, with Leighton McIntosh urged to grasp his opportunity after scoring in last week's impressive win at leaders Livingston.

McInally continued: "Leighton was terrific especially in the second half last week."

"He now knows what it is going to take to stay in the team because he has been a bit miffed at not playing as often as he would have liked."

"We also have NIcky Riley, who can play up front and Jamie Stevenson is capable of playing further forward."

"Jordon Brown can weigh in from the middle of the park as well."

So how has the whole McCluskey episode left the manager feeling?

McInally stated: "I am disappointed with his attitude to be honest."

"When we signed Stefan McCluskey and Scott Brown after the season had started, we thought we had got lucky because they had both played at a better level."

"We just need to be thankful that we have got Scott and that he is happy here and enjoying his football."

"There is no doubt we have a right good player on our hands whereas McCluskey was offering 100% effort but he had not really kicked in with any football."

"That was why I said to Leighton we need the same effort he showed last week in every game and if he gives us that, he will be more than adequate."

 

By Glenn Moir