Peterhead boss McInally hails versatile defender Brown’s ‘invaluable contribution’

Jason Brown, left, celebrates with Rory McAllister.

Manager Jim McInally has praised Peterhead’s Mr Consistent Jason Brown.

The defender who can play at right-back or centre-back has played in every one of the Blue Toon’s 37 games this term.

Brown, 21, will miss his first game of the season on Saturday, when the Buchan side travel to Stirling Albion, because of suspension.

McInally knows he will be missed for the game at Forthbank, but believes Brown’s contribution to Peterhead this season has been invaluable after he signed last summer following his release from Inverness Caley Thistle.

Brown is one of a number of young players who have shone at Balmoor this term.

Defensive colleagues Mason Robertson and Aidan McIlduff have impressed along with midfielder Aaron Norris.

McInally said: “I think the young players have really stepped up. The two young boys at the back, Mason Robertson and Jason Brown, have been great.

“Mason has had injuries, but Jason has been a star and hasn’t missed a minute yet this season.

“He came in during pre-season training and sold himself and he’s stepped up fantastically well playing at right-back or centre-back.

“He’s done both really well and he’s learning all the time.

“I think even among the experienced players Jason Brown is everybody’s favourite to an extent because his attitude is wonderful.

“He came from the disappointment of being freed by a full-time team in Inverness last summer.

“I think boys like him and Aaron Norris in the last few weeks have shown they can play whenever called upon.

“That’s helped us and I think it gives the experienced players a boost to see the young ones stepping up like they have.”

Peterhead are back in action on Saturday after last week’s game against Stenhousemuir was postponed.

That match will now be played next Tuesday and McInally believes the postponement may have helped his team because they had played four games in a fortnight before then.

He added: “Jamie Stevenson played three games in a week so it allows him to get a rest and it allows Rory McAllister and Aidan McIlduff to get closer to full fitness.

“The other thing is that we’ve been the one team that’s played a few Tuesdays and Saturdays and it’s not done us a lot of harm.

“But now other teams will have to do it and we only need to do it once.”