Jim tells players to be ready

Feb 16, 2021

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has told his players to be prepared to be thrown back into competitive action without any friendly matches under their belts. 

The Blue Toon last played on January 2 and, if the go-ahead to lift the suspension on League 1 comes on March 1 when the Scottish FA have promised an update, McInally is anticipating that his players will return with only minimal communal training under their belts and no practice game time. 

The Balmoor manager said: “At the moment the players are working on programmes that keep them ticking over. However, I have now instructed my assistant manager David Nicholls and our fitness coach Stuart Hoog to up things in terms of getting the players ready to play in a game.” 

“I do not know if we will get the go-ahead however if we do, I cannot see us getting the luxury of having two or three weeks to get ready. The players will have been out for the same length of time as a pre-season but I would expect that basically if we are told that we can play again then the first game will be within a week.” 

“It is far from ideal for players in terms of picking up injuries or for managers in shaping up their teams however to get games played it is something clubs will have to put up with.”