Peterhead Football Club are delighted to announce that defender Andrew McDonald and midfielder Andrew McCarthy have confirmed to manager Jim McInally that they will be accepting the offer to stay at the Balmoor for next season despite the best attempts of other clubs to lure them away.
One time St Mirren stopper McDonald had loan spells at Elgin and Stranraer before joining the Borough Briggs side permanently in the summer of 2020. The 24 year old moved to Balmoor later that season and made his debut against Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup in March 2021.
Since then McDonald has played in a variety of positions in defence during his 51 appearances and netted a memorable free-kick against East Fife in a League game and his services have been in demand since the end of last season.
Former Partick Thistle and Queen of the South midfielder McCarthy joined Peterhead in January 2020 in a bid to show that he had overcome injury problems and could play senior football on a regular basis.
Under the coaching of the Peterhead management team the 23 year old has blossomed into a regular starter for Peterhead with his displays this season rewarded with his first two senior goals and the award of the sought after Players’ Player of the Year Award earlier this month.
A number of clubs have been monitoring Andrew’s progress however he has informed Jim that he wants to keep developing his career at Balmoor.
Manager McInally said: “I am delighted that both Andrews have told me that they are coming back. There was strong interest in them both from other clubs and to be fair to both of them they could have been better off if they had moved however they enjoy being at Peterhead and feel that is the best club to be at to keep developing.”
“Andrew McDonald showed last season that he can operate both in central defence and at full back. His physicality is a great asset as is his ability to hit a cross-field pass and knowing that he will be here allows me to concentrate on filling other positions.”
“Andrew McCarthy should be pleased with the season he has just had. He came here determined to prove a few people wrong in terms of his ability and fitness. He worked hard with our fitness coach Stuart Hogg to get fit enough to play every week and once he had that in place he was able to show what a good footballer he is and his confidence grew.”
“We always knew this was going to be a summer of change but it is great to have some familiar faces committing to coming back.”