Peterhead’s playing squad will get back together tomorrow night following their two games in the 100th Anniversary of Borough Briggs Tournament last weekend with increased numbers.
Sunday’s 2-0 defeat from hosts Elgin City highlighted a lack of depth in the Balmoor ranks for the upcoming season and at least three new trialists will get the chance of playing in League 1 next season in training this week.
A team including Blue Toon assistant manager David Nicholls said: “Sunday’s performance was disappointing in lots of ways but we had to see certain boys in match action. Players can come in and do well in training however playing against experienced opponents is entirely different.”
“What we saw was that some boys were ready for it whilst others are not quite there.”
“Once we changed things around and got the likes of Andy McCarthy and Robbie McGale on at half-time, we settled down and played a lot better. Paul Dixon also came on and did well so we know we have the core of a decent team but we are aware that we need to add depth.”
David added: “Whilst Sunday was by no means a good day, it is good to have as much information as possible about players before making decisions. We will use all the information we have now to make our minds up about contracts for the players that have been in.”
“We will also be joined by three further trialists on Wednesday night. They play in various positions across the pitch and if they do well, we could look to use them against Dundee in our friendly on Saturday.”
“We are looking at other options as well. It looked like we had an experienced goalkeeper done and dusted at the weekend however he got a phone call on Saturday that has taken him overseas to a full-time club so that was a blow.”
“It is frustrating but pre-season can be like that.”