Loan Deals in place!

Loan Deals in place!

Peterhead have secured the services of defender Jack Wilkie and midfielder Ewan Murray on loan from Dundee with the duo available for selection in this afternoon’s match at Falkirk.

Wilkie is the son of Scottish internationalist Lee Wilkie and Murray may also be familiar to fans of the Blue Toon as he scored in a friendly between the clubs when he was aged 15 back in 2020.

Balmoor boss Jim McInally said: “I am really pleased to get both Jack and Ewan on board. I watched them in a game in midweek and was impressed. Following discussions with Gordon Strachan and Gary Bowyer at Dundee we were able to move quickly and get them on board.”

“We have discussed other loan deals since the end of last season, however they have not been able to get over the line for a number of reasons, so my thanks go to everyone involved in this one.”

“We have had loan deals with Dundee for a few seasons now and they have all been successful. Anyone who watched their game last night would have seen Josh Mulligan score a wonderful goal and Lyall Cameron come on as a substitute. Danny Strachan is now permanently at us after loan periods so I am again looking for the win-win of us being able to give talented youngsters the experience required to go on and play at a senior level with Jack and Ewan.”

Jim added: “Having two more bodies on board gives me good options.”

Jack Wilkie

Courtesy of Dundee FC

Ewan Murray

Courtesy of Dundee FC
Falkirk Match Preview

Falkirk Match Preview

Getting there with selection issues.
Peterhead travel to Falkirk this afternoon with both clubs looking for their first League 1 win of the season.

Despite coming from two goals down to grab a point at Clyde last weekend Blue Toon manager Jim McInally is looking for improvements in his side as he explained: “Of course it was good to show that despite the injuries and suspensions that have dogged our season so far, there is a good spirit in the team, but we have to lift our performance levels.”

The Balmoor boss is hoping that the return of Andrew McDonald from suspension, along with the signing of Robbie Scullion and the knowledge that two loan signings are expected within days will ensure that things start to move in the right direction as he explained: “We need to get bodies in as so far this season there has been no competition for a jersey. When I was playing, I always played better when I thought that someone would take my place if I was not doing well, and I do not things have changed that much.”

“We need to get bodies in to put that pressure onto the starting XI and the return of Andrew McDonald is an example of that, as is the permanent recruitment of Robbie.”

“Andrew McCarthy will be back training soon and I took in a game this week between a Scottish club and players from England who could be available. I identified two boys who could come and do a job for us and things are happening on that front. If they are not involved today then they will be next week.”

“We are beginning to get the quantity and quality of player we have been after and that will help us improve.” As for facing the Bairns Jim said: “Falkirk will have been hurt by losing 4-0 to Airdrie last weekend. That will make them very dangerous opponents and I expect them to start the game in a very fast manner.”

“John McGlynn is a good manager and will set his team up to play good football. We are prepared for that and will look to frustrate it but I want us to be positive as well.”

“I have also asked the players to be more assertive than we have been in games so far this season. I want us to be braver on the ball and be more confident to hold onto it. If we can do all that then it is another step forward.”

Team news – Andrew McDonald returns from a two-game league ban that was picked up last season and the travelling party will be boosted by two if two loan signings are registered in time. Other signings of players from England and Europe remain held up in ‘red tape’ that the club is working on resolving. Jason Brown is not ready to return after a head knock sustained last month with Andrew McCarthy, Hamish Ritchie and Russell McLean remaining on the side-lines due to injury.

Attending the game –
Robbie signs on

Robbie signs on

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is set to complete another piece in his 2022/23 rebuild jigsaw after agreeing a deal with Robbie Scullion for the season.

The former Partick Thistle midfielder has been involved in The Blue Toon’s last two games as a trialist and the 18-year-old impressed Balmoor boss McInally more than enough to be given the chance to sign a permanent deal.

Jim said: “Robbie has shown in our last two games that he deserves to be part of our first team pool. He came in very cold to the Airdrie game and did well before impressing in training and having another good game against Clyde on Saturday.”

“He has given us 100% in both of those games and it was great to get something agreed at training on Tuesday. He is a good football player and he knows that he will need to keep showing that to keep a starting jersey once we add further bodies to the pool.”

Wishing Kieran well

Wishing Kieran well

Peterhead chairman Rodger Morrison has wished former Blue Toon defender Kieran Freeman well tonight when Dundee United meet AZ Alkmaar in the Second Leg of their Europa Conference League Qualifying tie.

The Tannadice side lead 1-0 after an exciting 90 minutes last Thursday with chairman Morrison saying: “The first game was a terrific match and it was fantastic to see Kieran playing in it. When you think back it is only just over 15 months since he was a big part of our team during two loan spells at the club.”

“He played over 20 games in the season that he was here and I am sure, like me, all Peterhead fans are delighted that the experience and development that Kieran gained with our club has helped him become a player at a European level.”

“His loan deal was a real win-win for everyone and I hope he comes out on the winning side tonight and goes on to play in more European games.”
Falkirk v Peterhead Information

Falkirk v Peterhead Information

Away fans will be seated in the Main Stand, Block H.

Prices are as follows:-
Adult – £18
Concession – £11 (over 65/full time student/unemployed/ambulant disabled)
Under 18 – £6
Under 12 – FOC (max 3 per adult)
Please use the link below to purchase tickets.
A cash only gate will also be available from 2.00pm on match day at turnstile 7 however supporters are encouraged to purchase in advance.  All seating in Block H will be unreserved.