Andrew McCarthy glad to have boss that believes

May 1, 2020

Peterhead midfielder Andrew McCarthy reckons that despite there being no football to play just now his luck is finally changing for the better.

The 21-year-old has suffered a miserable 12 months where he was let go by Partick Thistle boss Gary Caldwell and joined Queen of the South only to be made the scapegoat for a shock Scottish Cup defeat from Queen’s Park when he started his first game in four months.

McCarthy moved to the Blue Toon in January on a short-term deal however in only his third game for Jim McInally’s side a groin injury flared up and side-lined him for the rest of the season.

The Bishopbriggs based youngster is now over the injury and wants another chance at Balmoor as their manager Jim McInally took an interest as McCarthy explained: “There are worse things going on in the world just now, and people have had a much harder time than me, but my luck in the past year has not been great.”

“I played quite a lot for Partick Thistle in the Premiership under Alan Archibald but I never got a chance under Gary Caldwell. Things fizzled out for me there and I moved to Queen of the South as I wanted to remain as a full-time player.”

“After a good start there I did not play much but I was given my first start in months against Queen’s Park and was substituted in the first half with Queen of the South two down. I still do not believe that the goals we lost were my fault but I never got the chance to play there again and left early to join Peterhead.”

“I got into the team and then I was injured. I am now fit again but there is no football to be played.”

McCarthy added: “I could be angry about it all but I am not. The manager at Peterhead, Jim McInally, is the first boss since ‘Archie’ at Thistle to make me feel wanted. He is also the first one that talks to me about things I am doing well and things I am not doing well in a way that makes me feel he has a belief in me.”

“I have not felt that belief for a while and I wanted to repay him on the park but unfortunately I have not been able to do that. No-one knows what will happen next season but I would like to keep working with the gaffer if I can.”

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