Klok ticking on new Peterhead signing

Peterhead's Balmoor Stadium.
Peterhead's Balmoor Stadium.

As the Buchanie went to print on Monday, Peterhead boss Jim McInally was close to signing Dutch midfielder Marc Klok on loan from Ross County.

Although the deal had yet to be ratified, it is understood Peterhead’s senior management have already informed the squad they will be joined by the 20-year-old this week.

The Dutchman signed for the Staggies from FC Utrecht last year and made his debut against Celtic in November.

Now Ross County manager Derek Adams is keen for his midfielder to get games and is willing to let him join Peterhead on an emergency loan.

McInally has been looking to bring in a replacement for Dean Cowie following his metatarsal injury last week and Klok may be the perfect fit.

When the 5’8” man signed for the Staggies, Adams said: “He is a competitive ball winning footballer and will add another dimension to our squad”.

Ross County did not play this weekend so Adams let his players travel home.

The Staggies management were due to inform Klok on Monday about the loan deal.

The arrangement would see Klok - nephew of former Dunfermline and Motherwell midfielder Rob Matthaei - join the Balmoor side for at least a month, and potentially until the end of the season.

McInally has sucessfully integrated a number of loan signings into his title-chasing team already this season.

Although Falkirk loanee defender Ryan McGeever failed to make an impact, both Stephen O’Neil and Reece Donaldson - on short-term loans from Aberdeen and Raith Rovers respectively - impressed.

Klok may have to compete for his place in the team with a resurgent Jordon Brown who has been reshaped by the Blue Toon coaches as an all-round midfield man.

McInally described Brown’s performance against Stirling as his bestin a Peterhead shirt this season.

Klok could be eligible to play against Clyde on Saturday if the deal is ratified by 5pm on Friday.