Peterhead’s Rory McAllister is desperate to repay the club’s behind-the-scenes heroes and the fans by delivering the League Two title as he prepares to commit to the Blue Toon until 2021.
McAllister is under contract until the summer of 2019 but he and the club have agreed a two-year extension to his contract.
The Peterhead Supporters’ Club have helped to sign up the fans’ favourite on a longer deal by making a donation towards his wages.
Staying until 2021 means McAllister will rack up a decade of service at Balmoor after signing for the Buchan side in the summer of 2011.
The talismanic striker says he loves the club and wants to finish his playing career at Balmoor.
The 30-year-old said: “That would take me to a testimonial but I’m not worried about that because it will take care of itself.
“That’s on the backburner at this moment but we have spoken about it.
“However, we need to concentrate on getting the league over the line and that will take care of itself.
“I’ve had plenty of chances to go but I’ve just never really fancied it.
“I’ve always liked it here. Hopefully I can stay for a few more years and show my appreciation to the club because I want to keep playing as long as I can.
“I don’t see myself playing anywhere else – I’ll be here until I’m unwanted.
“After that I’d like to start coaching here if I could.
“I love the place to bits and it’s the only club I want to play for.”
During his time with Peterhead there have been many highlights for McAllister such as winning League Two in 2013/14 and facing Rangers in the 2016 Challenge Cup final.
Ahead of tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash with Montrose he says he would like to add another to the list by winning League Two – not for himself but to repay the people working behind the scenes at the club and the fans.
He added: “It’s not about me, but it would be good to win the league.
“Everybody behind the scenes does a lot of work here and they look after us really well – probably better than any other part-time club looks after their players.
“The fans have been great as well so it would be good to give them something back.”
Tomorrow, the striker will lead the Blue Toon attack as they take on title rivals Montrose at Links Park.
Both sides have 58 points, with the Gable Endies having eight games left compared to Peterhead’s seven.
The Buchan team have a superior goal difference and a win tomorrow would put them back in the driving seat.
McAllister believes they are the best side in League Two and wants to prove that tomorrow and over the rest of the run-in.
He also takes confidence from the superb 6-2 win Jim McInally’s team recorded at Links Park on December 30.
“We have to prove we are the best team in the league by winning the league,” said McAllister.
“But we feel we are the best team, so we need to prove it on Saturday and in the rest of the games after that this season.
“It (the 6-2) does give us confidence, but we just have to play well.
“Sometimes we don’t play well enough, but hopefully we can play well on Saturday because I feel if we play well we’ll beat them.
“Every game is important now and hopefully we can get a positive result.”
McAllister, who has bagged an incredible 175 goals for the club, returned to the Peterhead team in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Stenhousemuir after three weeks out with ankle ligament damage.
He believes he has rediscovered his match sharpness after the injury and said: “It definitely helped.
“I need games because I hadn’t played for three weeks.
“I only got back running in the last week, so hopefully that 90 minutes is a bit in the bank for me and hopefully I will contribute to us getting a win on Saturday.”
Despite scoring in the midweek 2-1 loss, McAllister was unhappy with Peterhead’s performance and is determined to put things right tomorrow.
He added: “It was a really poor first half from us. It was as poor as we’ve been in a while.
“Then the second half wasn’t much better, to be honest.
“We don’t have a great record against them either and sometimes you get those games and it’s just not good enough.
“We’ve got to hold our hands up and try to get a reaction tomorrow.”