Club captain MacDonald determined to fight back

PETERHEAD  V ABERDEEN'(DUNCAN BROWN)''CALLUM MACDONALD AND  DONS DARREN MACKIE GO HEAD TO HEAD
PETERHEAD V ABERDEEN'(DUNCAN BROWN)''CALLUM MACDONALD AND DONS DARREN MACKIE GO HEAD TO HEAD

Blue Toon club captain Callum MacDonald has told the Buchanie he intends to work hard for a future at Balmoor after his contract was not renewed.

The 30-year-old has missed nearly two years of football after injury forced doctors to reconstruct his knee twice.

MacDonald ruptured his cruciate ligament in November 2012 andsuffered another set back last summer when the hard work MacDonald had put into his rehab was undone by a recurrence of the injury.

MacDonald was offered a year-long contract extension at the end of the last campaign but played no part in the title charge.

Now the management at Peterhead have chosen not to renew his terms.

However manager Jim McInally and MacDonald both told the Buchanie that the defender can have a future at the club as a player and potentially as a coach.

MacDonald said: “I’m hoping to get back playing.

“I’ve been doing my rehabilitation programme and that’s been going fine.

“My plan with the physio is to get back playing again, and hopefully not to have any more bad luck.”

His manager said: “Callum was a wee bit concerned because reports last week suggested he wasn’t going to play for Peterhead again.

“First and foremost Callum’s goal is to be a player again and we’ll give him that opportunity.”

McInally added that he would be eager to take hisclub captain on as a coach next season, whether he returns to playing or not.

The former Dundee player, who has been at Balmoor for seven-years, could replace the now departed Craig Tully as a defensive player-coach.

In other contract news, Conner McGlinchey, Jake Fitzgerald and Kevin Buchan have left the club.

The remainder of the squad have been offered contracts and only David Cox and Dean Cowie have yet to sign.