Hamish Ritchie signs two-year Peterhead deal to delight of boss Jim McInally
The dust may be yet to settle on the football season – but Peterhead boss Jim McInally has already landed his top transfer target for next season.
Midfielder Hamish Ritchie has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Blue Toon following his outstanding spell at Balmoor on loan from Inverurie Locos.
McInally made no secret of his desire to land Ritchie on a permanent basis after his performances over the closing stages of the campaign, which saw him score four times and play a key role in steering Peterhead clear of the League 1 relegation zone.
On securing the 24-year-old’s services until 2023, McInally admitted: “I am delighted that our negotiations with Hamish and Inverurie have had such a positive outcome.
"Hamish did really well here over the second half of the season and I am glad to continue working with a player who shone almost 12 months ago against us in a pre-season friendly and I have been keen on ever since.”
Peterhead general manager Martin Johnston added: “The club would like to thank Inverurie Locos for their patience and cooperation throughout our negotiations ensuring that the whole process was concluded in a professional and amicable fashion.”
Peterhead manager Jim McInally has re-signed the midfield trio of Andrew McCarthy, Alan Cook and Jordon Brown. But strikers Ben Armour and Isaac Layne have been released.
McInally told the club website: “Andrew came to us after losing his way a bit. He had a hip problem that stopped him getting fully fit however the first lockdown was probably good for him as it allowed him to get over it.
"Alan picked up a knee injury towards the end of the season and I thought that would be him but he is such a determined character he came back and was involved in the last couple of games. That shows the spirit Alan has.”
McInally also said Brown’s performance agaistn Cove in January when the Blue Toonm wnet down to nine men justified bringing him back to Balmoor.
He said: “Jordon worked really hard probably harder than I had seen him work before. He put in a great shift and I knew then exactly how much being back at Peterhead meant to him.”