Club News

Blue Toon boss granted Norris wish to leave for regular football

Thu 19 Sep 2019

Jim McInally has claimed he would have preferred Aaron Norris to stay with Peterhead but understood the midfielder’s reasons for opting to join Formartine.

The 21 year old signed for the Pitmedden-based Highland League club on a permanent deal last week, following a successful loan spell last season.

Norris was keen to move on after finding his opportunities limited with his hometown club.

Indeed, the former Aberdeen rookie made just 28 appearances, predominantly as a substitute, during his two year stay at Balmoor.

McInally admitted he was unable to guarantee Norris the game-time he craved but believes the youngster is capable of making the step back up.

McInally said: “I had to obviously agree to let him go but he was looking to play.”

“I thought that would be the case after his loan spell at Formartine last season and you get some younger players content with being on the bench and part of the squad whilst they are still learning the game.”

“But I think with Aero, because he had the taste of regular football, he wanted to be playing every week.”

“I certainly left it up to him and while I would rather he stayed, I was not going to stand in his way because his wish was to go and play.”

“He sent me a nice text message last week and I wished him all the best and told him to make sure he tries to get himself back playing at the highest level he can.”