BLUE Toon boss Jim McInally has spoken of his ‘delight’ at securing midfielder Scott McLaughlin on a two-year deal.
McInally says the former Queen of the South player is sure to add some much-needed experience to midfield and will give the younger players some guidance as Peterhead pushes for promotion in the season ahead.
Commenting on the signing, McInally said: “I am thrilled to say that 28 years-old Scott McLaughlin has signed to Peterhead FC for a two-year deal.
“I know Scott well from his performance at previous clubs Ayr, Airdrie, Morton and Livingston and he will add some much-needed experience to the midfield.
“He is a player of high quality for our club level and will be a good character to have here.
“Scott was approached with several other offers but has made the decision to come to Peterhead which I think is fantastic.
“I’m delighted we have managed to sign him in this two-year deal.”
McInally, who announced a further three signings earlier this month - Steven Noble, Ross Smith and Darren Kelly - expressed his delight at adding McLaughlin to the squad.
“I signed Scott from Livingston when I was at Morton and he will definitely bring experience to the squad,” he said.
“Apart from the obvious type of player that he is, he is hard-working and a good two-footed player and he will bring things to the squad that are currently lacking.
“Hopefully he will be a catalyst in what we are missing in the middle of the park and we will get the benefit of that.
“He’s also good crack in the dressing room and I’m just delighted to get him.
“Quite a few clubs were after him with a number of offers on the table.
“He played in a side last year which got relegated and he came to us hoping that we would be a side challenging for promotion next season.”
McInally said that McLaughlin has seen success and has been a winner with his previous clubs and has played at the highest level in his career.
But despite the four signings,the Blue Toon boss says he hasn’t quite finished yet and is still looking to secure the services of an outfield player and another goal keeper.
“I don’t see anything happening in the short-term as the player I’m looking at is currently on holiday, but hopefully we will have two of them in place by the beginning of the season.
“Obviously Stevie Noble is a key signing but I felt we needed another key player and Scott certainly comes under that category,” he said.
“I looked at the budget available for the new season and decided to keep the numbers down and go for quality players.
“To get Stevie Noble was a pleasant surprise and to get Scott was a bigger surprise.
“We have young players in the squad and these guys will hopefully give them the help and guidance they need to progress and see us challenge for promotion.”
Peterhead will take on Fraserburgh in the annual Scottish Week Shield on Tuesday, July 24, when hopefully fans will get to see the new-look squad.
Four days later, they will take on East Fife in the first round of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup.
The Blue Toon’s first game of the SFL season will see them at home to Stranraer.