Peterhead’s new signing Aaron Norris is determined to make a name for himself after worrying that his career may have been over due to injury.
Norris joined the Blue Toon last week after finally shaking off a mystery injury.
The 19-year-old had been suffering with groin trouble for over a year.
He was released by Aberdeen in the summer and it was when he was training with Ross County early in the season that he was diagnosed with having Osteitis Pubis by Staggies physio Kevin Bain – who also helped County’s Ryan Dow get over the same injury.
Norris then had a double groin operation to sort the problem.
He was pleased to finally get to the bottom of the injury which he worried could have been a career finisher.
When asked if he was concerned his injury could be career threatening, he said: “I was worried because I felt like I was never getting to the problem.
I was with Ross County and on the first day of training I pulled up with my groin, they had a look at it and said that it was a lot more than I thought it was.
“We got advice which was to rest it and ice it and I kept doing that but the problem was not going away.
“I got told about a cortisone injection but because I got involved with Ross County they said no because that only masks the pain and isn’t actually dealing with the problem.
“The physio Kevin Bain advised to get the operation so we went ahead with it.
“It was the right thing to do because I had the injury for about a year and I was just resting it and it wasn’t helping. I’m glad I got it done.
“Kevin deals with quite a lot of the OP things so he knew about it and I’m thankful we took his advice.”
Norris had agreed to sign for the Highlanders prior to his operation, but after the surgery, Jim McIntyre had been sacked as manager and replaced with Owen Coyle.
Norris added: “I kept in contact with them after the operation but after the change of manager they said that they couldn’t go ahead with signing me.”
Norris is ambitious and believes Balmoor is the best place for his development. He turned down a one-year development contract with Dundee because he thought he would develop more in League Two with Peterhead.
He said: “It’s a good team to get noticed in because of the standard of football that they play. I’m also delighted to sign because Peterhead is my home-town team
“My aim eventually would be to get back in to full-time football. But my aim just now is make a name for myself in the Peterhead team.
“There was Ross County and I was on trial with Dundee the week before I signed for Peterhead.
“I said no to them because I think for my personal development, Peterhead was a better option for me.
“If I’d signed for them it would have been another year in the Development League and it wasn’t going to do anything for me playing against players that I have been up against since I was 10-years-old.
“Playing against men in the SPFL gives me more of a chance to develop as a player anyway.”
Last night’s Aberdeenshire Shield first round tie between Huntly and Formartine United was postponed due to Christie Park being waterlogged.