Peterhead FC manager Jim McInally has begun to shape his squad in the run up to next season, writes Joshua King.
Although club hero, striker Martin Bavidge, has left for Inverurie Locos, the bulk of last season’s squad have signed new contracts.
He was particularly pleased stiker Andy Rodgers, who scored a stunning lobbed goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Ross County, will be back at Balmoor next season.
McInally said: “I set my stall out to re-sign most of the team which finished up last season. Continuity at our level is not always easy. I felt as though they certainly deserved another go.”
The first new signing of the summer is goalkeeper Ewen Macdonald, 17. The youngster watched his new team mates in action before putting pen to paper on his new contract after the final whistle.
Macdonald has previously spent time with Aberdeen and Deveronvale and has most recently been training with the Aberdeenshire-based Player Development Academy.
He is joined by left-sided midfielder Jack Tait, 16, the son of the Toon’s goalkeeping coach Scott Tait. Both Macdonald and Tait will likely spend some time with local junior team Longside FC.
Three trialists were on show during the friendly with the Staggies including former Aberdeen youth player Jordon Brown who started the match. Attacking midfielder Brown, 20, began his career at Aberdeen before making several loan appearances for Forfar Athletic.
McInally said: “Jordon Brown was the trialist in the first half, and it’s more he’s having a look at us rather than us having him on trial. We will try to sign Jordon. He’s a good player, and it’d be nice to get him in.
“The other trialists in the second half all acquitted themselves quite well. When you make so many changes it’s not so easy. We had to change the formation to try to make everybody feel comfortable.”
Those other trialists who played a part for Peterhead, both coming on as second-half subsitutes, were former East Stirling defender Dean Richardson, 26, and former Falkirk and Ayr United midfielder Ryan Mcstay, 27.