Players commit to the Balmoor cause

ABERDEEN youngster Nicky Clark has committed himself to a second loan period till the end of the season with Peterhead Football Club.

Blue Toon boss Neale Cooper was delighted that Aberdeen and Nicky saw the benefit of coming to Peterhead on loan, stating: "It is great news the Nicky has agreed to stay, he has done well for us in the first part of the season. At Peterhead he has been given the oppourtunity to play first team competitive football week in week out, that is important for a young player's development."

However, John Stewart has turned down Cooper's contract extension and has signed for second division rivals Clyde FC.

John had joined the Blue Toon in October and made an immediate impact scoring three goals in his first five games.

His form dipped along with Peterhead's poor run in the last five games where he scored Peterhead's only goal in the 4-1 defeat to Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup.

John said that his decision was due to the travelling involved and nothing to do with Peterhead the club, stating: "Neale and Andy Dornan were great with me and the boys were fantastic as well.

"The only reason I didn't sign the new contract was because of the amount of travelling I had to do. I'm banned from driving so I had to get a train up to Aberdeen and either stay in a hotel or the club would arrange transport for me to get to Peterhead.

"I am so thankful to Neale and Peterhead for giving me the chance to get back playing regularly again. I loved my time at Peterhead."

Meanwhile, Cooper has ended the loan period of 19-years-old defender Cameron Bowden at Highland League side Turiff United saying: "We are short of defenders at Balmoor and need him here despite his young age.

"Callum is still struggling to get to the root of his injury problems and we need cover at the back."

There was better news on the injury front, however, with Scott Michie joining in indoor training sessions during the cold spell.

Despite managing to sign the vastly experienced Barry Wilson, the squad is still thin on the ground and injuries and suspensions may play a major role in Peterhead's push for a play-off place.

Cooper has been frustrated in his search to bring players to the club with a deal for Daniel Moore falling through as Ross County didn't want to let him go.

He added: "It is a fact of life now that most clubs are running with smaller squads so the opportunity for players to go out on loan is reduced. We are working very hard behind the scenes to try and bring players to the club."