Peterhead boss asks Derek Lyle to stay on and off the pitch

May 9, 2021

Peterhead are keen for 40-year-old striker Derek Lyle to remain at the club with manager Jim McInally offering the veteran goal-grabber a new deal that also formalises his coaching role with the Balmoor men. 

Lyle who scored more than 100 goals for Queen of the South during three stints at the club, has also played for Partick Thistle, East Stirling, Stirling Albion, Dundee, Hamilton Accies, Morton and Cowdenbeath during a career that started in 1999. 

He moved to Peterhead in 2018 and in their recent 3-1 win at East Fife, Lyle had the unique distinction of sharing goals with 18-year-old Danny Strachan who was not even born when he grabbed his first ever goal for Partick Thistle. 

The striker then went on to score Peterhead’s last goal of the season at Dumbarton last week and Blue Toon boss McInally has opened up talks with Lyle, who has been taking striking drills in training this season, over a new contract that will see his coaching position at the club formalised with McInally saying: “I really want Derek to stay, because he is a big part of the club. If you saw his performance from the start against East Fife you will know he played like someone aged less than 30, never mind 40.” 

“He has started games and he has also looked a real threat coming off the bench. I know he had thoughts of retirement earlier this year but I believe he has many more games and goals in him and that is why I want him to stay at Peterhead.”