Blue Toon happy to bide time on Sutherland

Peterhead FC boss Jim McInally has told the Buchanie he is willing to wait for top transfer target Shane Sutherland to make a decision on his future.

Tuesday, 27th May 2014, 6:00 am

Sutherland, Elgin City’s 23-year-old frontman, has yet to commit his future to the Black and Whites or any other club.

McInally believes Sutherland, who like Rory McAllister began his career at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, can provide competition for current Blue Toon duo McAllister and Andy Rodgers.

He said: “Shane Sutherland’s obviously a target we will pursue until such time as he signs for a club.

“He wants to exhaust his options of full-time football so we just need to wait and let his agent do what he’s got to do.”

Though Sutherland netted only 14 times in 40 appearances - less than half McAllister’s tally - the Blue Toon coaching team believe the Elgin man is one of the few League Two players who are capable of stepping up to the next division.

And if Sutherland has any doubts about his potential place at Balmoor, McInally made it clear he is only interested in signing players who will be regular starters.

He said: “If you’re bringing in a couple of players you hope will make a difference you’re obviously bringing them in to play.

“You hope the pressure of new arrivals will make everybody else step up their game too.”

Although the Blue Toon cannot offer Sutherland a full-time contract they can offer the striker a place in one of Scotland’s closest-knit

McInally was able to resign the vast majority of his squad without negotiation because the players told their boss their were ‘happy’ at~

The strong team spirit shared in the Blue Toon dressing room has also been underscored by the return of young defender Reece Donaldson.

The 20-year-old had no hesitation in contacting McInally to sound out a return to the club where he spent seven games on loan earlier this season after he was released by Raith Rovers.

McInally said: “He wanted to come back to us and I’m delighted with that.

“I did ask him if he’d like to spend some time looking for a full-time contract but he said no.”