McAllister named Player of the Year

McAllister became the first man outside the top flight to clinch an SPFL Player of the Month award.
McAllister became the first man outside the top flight to clinch an SPFL Player of the Month award.

Rory McAllister topped the finest season of his career as he was crowned PFA League Two Player of the Year.

The Blue Toon squad continued their victory celebrations at the PFA dinner on Sunday night and it came as little surprise the former Brechin man was chosen by players from across the division.

He was joined on the shortlist by fellow Blue Toon sharpshooter Andy Rodgers as well as Annan striker Kenny Mackay and Berwick’s prolific midfielder Lee Currie.

But the result was a mere formality after McAllister - who twice picked up the award during his spell at Brechin - netted a record 30 times this season making him Scotland’s top scorer in all divisions

He also became the first player outside the top flight to be awarded a SPFL Player of the Month award in March.

Sunday’s prize followed on from two awards at the Peterhead Supporters’ Club - top goalscorer and fan’s player of the year.

And as if to underscore his reputation, a commemorative shirt signed by the 26-year-old was bought at auction by Score boss Charles Ritchie for more than £10,000.

“Me and Andy were bothnominated and I was really hoping one of us would win.

“I won it at Brechin two years in a row and it’s special to win again.

“We’re just going to enjoy the celebrations.”

Before the event Blue Toon keeper Graeme Smith told the Buchanie it would be a ‘travesty’ if his colleague did not win.

He said: “It would be an absolute injustice. What a player.”

Smith also joined McAllister, Rodgers and captain Steven Noble in the PFA League Two team of the year.

And it proved to be a good night for the North East as Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and winger Jonny Hayes claimed the Manager of the Year and Goal of the Season prizes respectively.

Blue Toon fans will be delighted to hear McAllister is eager to continue his career at Balmoor and has quietly quashed rumours of a big money move away.