Si Ferry signs new deal to stay with Peterhead as player-coach
Peterhead boss Jim McInally hasn’t wasted much time in making plans for next season’s squad.
The Blue Toon’s campaign only came to an end last Tuesday with a 3-2 defeat at Dumbarton. But McInally is already looking ahead and getting key players signed up for 2021-22.
Among his top priorities was retaining Simon Ferry – and the 33-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal to return as player-coach.
Two more of his experienced campaigners, midfielders Gary Fraser and Ryan Conroy, have also renewed their contracts, as has defender Andrew McDonald.
McInally is also looking to bring Hamish Ritchie to Peterhead on a permanent basis, following his successful spell on loan from Inverurie Locos.
And the Blue Toon boss has also made an offer to veteran striker Derek Lyle to sign on again in a playing and coaching capacity.
McInally admitted he had been especially keen to get Ferry back on board, from both a playing and coaching perspective.
He said: “Simon’s signing for us is important both on and off the park. He is still a top-performing midfielder in this league but, as a coach, he is excellent as well. The players enjoy the training drills he puts on for them in his coaching, so having him back is a big part of my plans.
“Unfortunately, Gary was injured playing for us just as we were seeing the best of them last December. I believe that, in life, you do the right thing and the right thing is for Gary to be given a contract while he works his way back to fitness and not once he is fit.
“Ryan had a very good season for us at left-back. He is very comfortable on the ball and that helps us in both halves of the pitch.
"Andy came in earlier this year and it took him a while to get playing due to the shutdown. Since then, he has established himself in our team.
"Hamish did really well here and showed he had an eye for goal. We would like him to stay on a permanent basis and we have advised Inverurie of that. He is due to be their player for another season, so there has to be some hurdles overcome.
"I really want Derek to stay, because he is a big part of the club. I know he had thoughts of retirement earlier this year but I believe he has many more games and goals in him."