For Russell McLean the chance to link up with one of Scotland’s deadliest strikers in Rory McAllister at Peterhead was too good to turn down.
The striker joined the Blue Toon this summer from Lowland League side East Kilbride and is one of nine signings made by manager Jim McInally.
McLean had many reasons for joining the League Two outfit but the chance to play and learn from Balmoor talisman McAllister, who has already netted three goals this season in four Betfred Cup group stage games, was one near the top of his list.
The 19-year-old said: “I’m really looking forward to playing with Rory.
“That was something that attracted me to the club.
“He’s a top striker, he has played at Peterhead for a number of years and everybody knows who he is.
“Everybody all over Scotland knows that he is a great goalscorer and at my age all I can do is learn from him and improve.
“He’s been in the game a long time and if he had wanted to he could have played at a higher level because he has shown how good he is.
“I’m going to pick up things from him and I also think that I’ll pick up things from other players at Peterhead who are a lot more experienced than me.
“Playing alongside experienced players at my age is always good.”
At 6ft 5in tall McLean also appears to be the traditional target man striker, but he insists there is far more to his game than that and believes he is better with his feet than with his head.
McLean, who appeared in all four of the Blue Toon’s League Cup matches and is hoping to start against Annan Athletic in Saturday’s League Two opener, added: “Throughout my time playing football it’s been a moan from every coach I’ve had that I’m not as good in the air as I should be given my size. Although during my time at East Kilbride I felt I improved my heading a lot.
“One of my coaches taught me not how to be strong, but how to just be clever in the air and how to get an advantage up against defenders.
“That really helped me progress in terms of my aerial strength.
“I wouldn’t say that my aerial ability was my best attribute despite my height – I definitely prefer to play the ball with my feet.
“My control is good and I think have a very good range of passing and my finishing with my feet is pretty good – I proved that at East Kilbride in the games that I played.”