Evening Express

League Two: Jack’s just the lad for Peterhead boss McInally

Jack Leitch in action for Peterhead.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is delighted Jack Leitch will be available again this weekend.

The midfielder missed the Blue Toon’s League Two curtain-raiser against Queen’s Park on Saturday due to a suspension picked up in the final league game of last season.

After drawing 1-1 with the Spiders at Balmoor, boss McInally is hoping for an improvement from his side.

He thinks the return of Leitch can help them hit top form when they face Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill on Saturday.

He said: “Jack is someone that everybody knows is a talented footballer and he is a clever player.

“He has added a bit of steel to his game.

“He works tirelessly and when he wasn’t there on Saturday you could see how much we missed him, because we didn’t have a natural left-sided player to give us balance in midfield.

“We have got used to his work-rate in our team now.

“Jack is a massive player for us so it’s good to have him back.”

Leitch is in his second season with Peterhead after joining last summer.

The 23-year-old impressed McInally with the way he developed as last season went on.

He thinks Leitch is somebody who helps set an example for everyone in the Blue Toon squad as to what is required to help them get results in League Two.

McInally added: “If you look at Jack and others like Simon Ferry, Jamie Stevenson and Derek Lyle they work their socks off.

“They are the example to everybody else, I’m fed up saying to players that even if they’re not playing well, if they work their socks off we will be a hard team to beat. I just felt on Saturday we had four players in the middle of the park. But two of them were forwards in Ross Kavanagh and Russell McLean.

“Sometimes you can be caught out defensively because they don’t quite know the job properly in terms of their defensive duties.

“That’s just where we are and we just have to get by with it.”

Summer signings Paddy Boyle and Mick Dunlop are edging closer to full fitness.

Full-back Boyle damaged a nerve in pre-season but is now back running and building up his fitness, while centre-back Dunlop is also trying to build his strength.