Club News

Striker set to officially sign as boss pursues targets

Tue 20 Jun 2017


A fortnight has passed since Peterhead officially signed Mason Robertson and Willie Gibson.  

But Blue Toon boss Jim McInally has had a busy two weeks pursuing other transfer targets.

Actually a third new signing is as good as done because towering striker Russell McLean has agreed to join from Lowland League champions East Kilbride.

In addition, there is the potential for three more Balmoor arrivals in the next few days.

McInally said: "I'm looking to bring in a bit of experience, which I think will be vital for the new season, so if we bide our time hopefully we can land our targets."

"We have two new players in, although it's really three because Russell has signed but we are just waiting for his amateur contract at East Kilbride to lapse."

"It takes 28 days for that to happen so it will likely be next week before we can officially register him."

"But along with Russell coming in, I'm hoping to tie up another three players by the end of the week."

19 year old McLean does not come into the experienced category that the Peterhead manager is keen to bolster.

However, at 6 feet 5 inches, the former Hearts youngster will add presence and firepower to a frontline, which has become reliant on Rory McAllister.

McInally added: "Russell is a big lad and will offer us something different with his aerial power."

"He's actually quite a clever footballer with decent feet and skill and I think he feels he has already been tarred with that brash of just being a target man."

"Unfortunately, when you are his size, that's going to happen."

"Near the end of last season, when I went to watch him, I felt as though we could use his height to take the pressure off Rory because I know other managers and teams target him."

Meanwhile, the Peterhead squad returned to training last week following a shorter than normal break due to the play-off matches.

With numerous players having been released and others currently enjoying a break, the coaching staff have been dealing with limited numbers.

McInally said: "It's a skeleton squad just now because some of the boys are on holiday and others are going away soon."

"But the best thing you can do is put some sessions on and get a bit of work into the players, who are here."

"This week should be a bit busier with more players available so we aim to get them going because the Betfred Cup starting in mid July does not give you a lot of time to get prepared."

"That's where we are at the moment but I'm quite happy because we have not had any knock-backs with our targets."

"It's just a case of playing a waiting game."


By Glenn Moir