Peterhead host Dundee in their final pre-season friendly on Saturday and the Balmoor club’s management team of Jim McInally and his assistant David Nicholls have admitted that their patience is being tested in the build-up to the game.
The Blue Toon are going through a summer rebuild on the playing front and ensuring that the right quality is brought to the club is proving to be a tough task as Nicholls explained: “We know that we need bodies in and there is a temptation to get that done quickly however prioritising quantity would be the wrong thing to do.”
“We had more than half a dozen trialists in before the double header at Elgin last weekend who all looked good in training. However, in a game environment it never quite worked so we let a few of them go and brought in three new boys in midweek.”
“In that trio is a goalkeeper, a midfielder and a winger. They took part in a really tough training session on Wednesday and will be involved against Dundee along with the trialists we have kept on.”
David added: “That will get the chance to show that can add something to the squad. Despite the temptation to get numbers in the manager and I are committed to only getting in players who will play.”
“We have had to show a lot of patience to stick to that and hopefully that patience will be rewarded over the next week and we will face Aberdeen a week on Sunday in our first competitive fixture with a strong starting XI and a strong bench.”
“Dundee will be a strong test this weekend. They have a new manager in place and their players will be out to impress him. Ryan Strachan is not ready to play yet and we have a couple of other injury doubts as well but we have a good strong core who will be up for the challenge of this game.”