Former Brechin City striker Rory McAllister looks set to turn down the advances of big-spending Peterhead to fulfil his dream of returning to full-time football.
McAllister is one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football after netting 29 goals for Jim Weir’s side last season. The 24-year-old has been courted by a host of clubs, with St Johnstone, Aberdeen and St Mirren in Scotland as well as Sheffield United, Charlton and Port Vale down south all having been linked with him.
However, third division Peterhead, who are understood to have received a large cash injection, made a recent bid to secure McAllister’s services.
Moving to the Highlands and remaining part-time would have allowed the player to complete the last year of his plumbing apprenticeship. However, he now looks certain to reject Peterhead in favour of full-time football and he is set to make a decision on his future once he returns from holiday at the weekend.
“I am wanting to go full-time,” confirmed McAllister, who has had previous spells with Aberdeen and Inverness. “I would like the opportunity to do that. I want to play at that level, but I know I have to earn the right to play. I am looking forward to the challenge of going full-time.”
To fulfil his dream, McAllister is willing to put his apprenticeship on the back burner.
“I am in my third year and still have some exams to complete, but I want to play full-time and, once I am back from holiday on Saturday, I hope to get something sorted out,” he added.
Meanwhile, Peterhead have made a triple swoop with a goalkeeper, midfielder and striker, who all have Forfar connections, signing on at Balmoor.
Shot-stopper Neil Duffy, who was on loan at Station Park from St Johnstone last season, has signed for manager John Sheran, with veteran Barry Sellars heading north after two spells at Arbroath and the Loons.
Striker Bryan Deasley, who was with Dundee before joining Forfar two seasons ago, has also joined the Blue Toon.