New Sutherland deal means target rethink

SPFL 2'ELGIN CITY V PETERHEAD'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S  STEVEN NOBLE GETS TO GRIPS WITH SHANE SUTHERLAND
SPFL 2'ELGIN CITY V PETERHEAD'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S STEVEN NOBLE GETS TO GRIPS WITH SHANE SUTHERLAND

Peterhead boss Jim McInally has widened his search for new players after top target Shane Sutherland renewed his contract with Elgin.

The 23-year-old had suggested he would sign for the highest placed club who came in for him so the decision to stay with Elgin, who finished second-bottom of all the senior leagues, came as a shock.

McInally had viewed the striker as one of the few League Two players capable of stepping up to the next tier.

However it now looks as though efforts by Sutherland’s agent to broker a transfer were simply a ploy to secure a more lucrative contract at Borough Briggs.

McInally said: “I had to read in the paper he’d re-signed with Elgin.

“I’ve still not had any actual contact with anyone to tell me personally.

“All along to be honest that’s why I never got too involved with the agent because I was always afraid they were trying to get a situation where he could take an offer from us somewhere else.

“He was wanting far too much money from us and there was no way we were going to pay it.”

McInally joked that the club suffers from ‘Rory McAllister Syndrome’ because people assume the hitman is on far more money than he really is.

Peterhead will now turn their attention to new targets and although McInally would not be drawn on names, the Buchanie understands his new first choice is a player he has worked with before.

He continued: “You move on and I’ve go other people in my mind.

“We’ve made contact with someone this week and we’ll speak again.

“He’s the type of player we’re really crying out for and now we’re up a league it will help to attract him.”

Adding another prolific striker to the Blue Toon’s front line remains a priority and the Peterhead boss has set his heights high.

McInally was able to sculpt his existing squad quickly, re-signing players without hassle, and now has plenty of time for transfers.