Baptie returns from loan

Bo'ness V Linlithgow Rose 4/5/16 East of Scotland Cup 3rd Round Marty Wright for Bo'ness and Ryan Baptie
Bo'ness V Linlithgow Rose 4/5/16 East of Scotland Cup 3rd Round Marty Wright for Bo'ness and Ryan Baptie

Peterhead have extended the deal of defender Ryan Baptie after the youngster impressed on loan to Linlithgow Rose last season.

The former Inverness Caley Thistle and Hibernian player, joined the Edinburgh Junior side last August initially on a short-term loan deal before extending the deal to last the whole season.

Now 21, the full-back will be looking to break into the first team at Peterhead and offer manager Jim McInally more options at the back.

Corstorphine born Baptie started his career with Hibs, the team he has supported since childhood, before signing for Inverness.

He was brought in on a two year deal but this was cut short after one year.

Following this he joined Peterhead in order to get his career back on track before returning to Edinburgh to join Linlithgow on loan.

During his spell with the Junior side, Baptie scored an outstanding 35-yard strike against Highland League side Wick Academy in the third round of the Scottish Cup to help his side to a 5-1 victory.

He was a fixture in the Linlithgow team which managed to knock League 1 Forfar out of the cup in the Third round before being knocked out themselves by Premiership side Ross County in the following round of fixtures.

Meanwhile, Nathan Blockley is expected to remain with The Blue Toon for the coming season.

The midfielder, who found himself playing in defence towards the end of last season, in understood to have agreed a new deal with the club.

However, there is still no new regarding attackers Shane Sutherland and Leighton McIntosh who have yet to agree new deals.

With next seasons fixtures due to be announced the Friday, June 17, and the first match in the Betfred Scottish League cup to be played on Tuesday, July 19, Manager Jim McInally will be hoping to have his squad set and in place as soon as possible.

Petehread will play their first pre-season match against Montrose at Glebe Park on Tuesday, July 5.