Russell McLean says he couldn’t turn down Peterhead chance

Russell McLean, left.
Russell McLean, left.

Peterhead new boy Russell McLean today said that the chance to join the Blue Toon was too good to turn down.

McLean has signed for the Buchan outfit from Lowland League champions East Kilbride.

The striker was on the radar of a number of clubs in League One and League Two after impressing for Kilby in the second half of last season as they won the Lowland League and beat Highland League title winners Buckie Thistle before losing to Cowdenbeath on penalties in the League Two play-off.

However, the former Hearts man revealed that the chance to join Jim McInally’s side was too good an offer to refuse.

McLean said: “I’m really pleased to join, I see Peterhead as a big club in the lower leagues.

“They certainly shouldn’t be in League Two given what they have achieved in recent seasons and given some of the players they have, so I’m excited to join.

“In football all you want to do is win things and get promotions and that’s the attraction of Peterhead for me.

“A couple of seasons ago they had the run to the Challenge Cup final and nearly got promoted.

“And I had a taste of success last season with East Kilbride where we won the Lowland League and just fell short of promotion in the League Two play-off against Cowdenbeath. As a player that is something you would like to do again.

“At Peterhead I want to have cup runs and we should be challenging to get back into League One as well.”

The 19-year-old spent the second half of last season at East Kilbride after leaving Hearts in January.

He spent his youth career at Alloa Athletic and also had a loan spell at Lowland League Civil Service Strollers in the first half of last season.

McLean also said that Peterhead were the first club to approach him with a contract offer for the upcoming season.

The Buchan outfit’s desire to sign him was another factor in McLean signing on at Balmoor.

He added: “It was the first offer I got and I grabbed the chance when it came along.

“I spoke with the manager and listening to his plans for me and the plans for the club it just sounded like the place I wanted to be.

“Jim McInally expressed to me that he doesn’t just want me to be a squad player, he wants me to be a big part of his team.

“And at my age to be offered the chance to play regularly at this level as part of a team looking to be successful, it’s something that you can’t really turn down.”