I had my heart set on coming back, says Smith

PETERHEAD FC'ROSS SMITH''(DUNCAN BROWN)
PETERHEAD FC'ROSS SMITH''(DUNCAN BROWN)

Peterhead’s new signing Ross Smith, returning to Balmoor after a stellar loan spell last season, says he is grateful to the club for taking him back.

Smith put pen to paper on a permanent 6-month deal with the Blue Toon on Friday after terminating his contract with Dundee United.

He went straight into Jim McInally’s starting squad for Saturday’s crunch match against Annan Athletic.

Following the match, abandoned after only 21 minutes, Smith spoke to the Buchanie.

He said: “It’s good to be back. I’m glad it all got sorted out yesterday.

“For a few days now I’ve had my heart set on coming back to Balmoor so I’m glad it worked out.

“The gaffer wanted me back and I’m very grateful to him for that.

“I’m grateful for what he has done for me in the past, and for last season especially.

The 21-year-old, who formed a formidable partnership alongside Scott Ross in the Blue Toon’s impressive promotion push last year, was McInally’s only signing of the January window.

The Peterhead boss tried to sign Smith permanently in the summer but could not tie the Dundee United man down.

Smith has since spent time on loan at Stenhousemuir and was actually sent off at Balmoor earlier this season as Stenny beat Peterhead 3-1 in the Ramsdens Cup.

McInally, said: “Ross has played with us before and that’s made it easy because he doesn’t need to come in and prove anything.

“He was part of that fantastic run at the end of last season and he’s liked by the staff, the players and the fans.

“We like our players to be aggressive and win their headers. Ross does that.”

During his loan at Balmoor, Smith made 39 appearances and scored one goal.

He also helped Peterhead achieve the third best defensive record in Scotland.

Only Rangers and Celtic conceded fewer goals.