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Busy McInally says defender's departure imminent

Thu 12 Jan 2017

Peterhead boss Jim McInally is ready to let Scott Rumsby leave the club as he steps up his bid to strengthen his squad.

The Blue Toon manager's search for new players has been extensive, with the net cast far and wide.

Next week, he will run the rule over three overseas trialists in a friendly fixture against Banks o'Dee and is also hopeful of making at least one loan signing soon.

Rumsby's imminent departure will create another void, with the central defender requesting a move to League 2 side Cowdenbeath.

Giving an update on developments, McInally said: "Scott spoke to me and asked if he could possibly move on."

"Cowdenbeath had been in touch on Sunday asking if I would let him go and I agreed that I would, if that was what the player wanted."

"I am just waiting for Scott to get back to me but, at training last night, he did shake my hand and say thanks so I would assume that he is going to leave."

"I expect that to be confirmed in the next 24 hours."

As for incomers, McInally has admitted he has never had a busier January trying to bring fresh faces into the club.

Although he has already added St Johnstone pair Aaron Comrie and Liam Gordon on loan, the Balmoor gaffer intends to be more active in the transfer market.

McInally went on: "Up until now, I have been so frustrated with the whole thing."

"There have been instances where clubs have agreed to let their players join us on loan but then the player has been reluctant to come."

"It was mainly because of the travelling or that the player was holding out until the end of the transfer window to see if he could get a better offer."

*But I have got three French trialists coming over next week and their agent has already brought across a couple of players, who are doing well at Stenhousemuir and Stirling Albion."

"Right now, I am more proactive than I have ever been but while fruitless at the minute, I will keep on going and see what I can do to strengthen us."

By Glenn Moir