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Former midfielder keen to see Blue Toon beat the drop

Tue 11 Apr 2017

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart is keen to see his former club Peterhead win their survival fight in League 1.

The 35 year old spent several seasons at Balmoor and was part of a squad, which was a penalty shoot-out away from promotion to the Championship.

Stewart still keeps tabs on the Blue Toon's progress and is disappointed to see Jim McInally's side languishing near the bottom of the table with just four games remaining.

Stewart said: "I know some of their players and they do have a good squad so it is a bit of a surprise to see them down there struggling."

"I am pretty confident they can get out of trouble and they will start to pick up results very soon."

"I have still one or two connections with Peterhead, even though the lads I played with have all moved on."

"At Buckie, we took Scott Adams on loan last season and the manager has been really good with me."

"Jim has spoken to me a few times and we had a pre-season friendly with the club and some of the people behind the scenes are still there."

"Hopefully Peterhead can have a strong finish to the season and stay up."

Blue Toon supporters never really got to see the best of Stewart during his three years with the club.

The midfielder was just 21 when he arrived from Inverness Caley Thistle in 2003 but injuries severely restricted his appearances.

Stewart made 19 starts, scoring six goals but although he struggled for game time, he still looks back on his spell in north Aberdeenshire with fondness.

Stewart said: "I had a great time at Peterhead."

"Unfortunately injuries held me back because I broke my ankle and snapped my knee ligament there but it was a great club to be part of."

"Ian Wilson was the manager at the time and then Iain Stewart took over and he created a great atmosphere with guys like Martin Wood, Keith Gibson and Jamie Buchan."

Stewart added: "We were close to getting up to the Championship, missing out on penalties to Partick Thistle, so it was a very successful time."

"Obviously on a personal level, it was not the best because I was blighted by injuries but I still really enjoyed my time at Balmoor and I still look out for their results, hoping that they do well."

By Glenn Moir