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Midfielder exits Balmoor to return south

Thu 05 Jan 2017

Salim Nassor has admitted he has mixed emotions about his departure from Peterhead.

The midfielder today cut short his season-long contract with the Blue Toon for a return to England where he is poised to sign for Ryman Premier League side Leatherhead, who are managed by former Fulham and Hull star Jimmy Bullard.

The 19 year old had become frustrated at a lack of opportunities with Jim McInally's team but has no regrets about his six month stint at Balmoor.

He said: "I am disappointed I could not impose myself at Peterhead but I really appreciate what the club did for me."

"They set up full-time training with Aberdeen's under 20s, which I enjoyed, but I was not getting enough game time so I felt the time was right to move on."

"Peterhead's results have not been too good and I think, because of that, the gaffer has picked his experienced players."

"I am not sure if Jim trusted in me but I think his intention was to integrate me into the team at some point, maybe after sending me out on loan somewhere."

The former Reading youth, who was previously on the books of Italian Serie B side Ternana, made a handful of cup appearances for Peterhead including outings against Premiership teams Dundee and Rangers.

The teenager believes he needed to quit the north east to kick-start his career although has claimed there is an element of risk in his decision.

Nassor continued: "The season started well for me but it has been a while since I last played so trying something fresh seems like the right thing to do."

"Of course, there are no guarantees about how it will turn out but Jimmy Bullard is a big name in football and the chance to work with him is exciting."

"Moving back home and being with my family is a big factor as well, although I will miss Stan and Aileen, who have been so good to me and are really nice."

"They gave me a home and fed me.  For that, I am very grateful."

By Glenn Moir