Bal­moor Saints earn ha­los

Peter­head:

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Sport - BY PAUL THIRD

Aaron Com­rie hopes his loan move to Peter­head can help him make the break­through at St John­stone.

The Saints full back has joined the Blue Toon for the rest of the cam­paign and has im­pressed at right back in his first two games for the club – a 1-0 win at Brechin and last week­end’s 3-2 de­feat by league lead­ers Liv­ingston.

Hav­ing spent the se­cond half of last sea­son on loan at Mon­trose, the 19-year-old hopes play­ing in League 1 can pre­pare him for the rigours of Premier­ship foot­ball.

He said: “Join­ing Peter­head was an easy de­ci­sion for me to make. It was a no-brainer when the chance came as it’s a step up from where I was last sea­son and it’s a lot bet­ter than play­ing un­der-20 foot­ball.

“While I’m at Peter­head I’ll play com­pet­i­tive foot­ball ev­ery Satur­day and if I do well and get a lot of time un­der my belt then I know I’ll go back to St John­stone stronger for the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Com­rie was given glow­ing ref­er­ences about the Blue Toon and in­sists he had no qualms about mov­ing to Bal­moor.

He added: “Peter­head’s for­mer St John­stone player Scott Brown told me it was a good club while some of the lads at St John­stone spoke highly of the club as well. Ally Gilchrist has been on loan here be­fore and he had noth­ing but good things to say about the club and the man­ager.

“I’m happy to get the chance to play here.”

Com­rie has been joined at Bal­moor by his Saints youth team­mate Liam Gor­don, who hopes to make his de­but for the Blue Toon at Al­loa to­day af­ter miss­ing last week’s game due to a calf in­jury.

The cen­tral de­fender, who has had spells on loan pre­vi­ously with Ar­broath and El­gin City, is also rel­ish­ing the chance to play com­pet­i­tive foot­ball.

He said: “It is good that Aaron is here as well as that will help me get to know the rest of the play­ers here.

“It’s nice to get out of my com­fort zone and I can’t wait to get started.

“I have been play­ing against play­ers the same age as me in the De­vel­op­ment League, so go­ing out on loan and test­ing my­self will only help me im­prove.

“I will face dif­fer­ent types of for­wards in the league and this is a good move for me.”

EASY DE­CI­SION: St John­stone’s Aaron Com­rie, left, sees his loan move to the Blue Toon as a step up from where he was last sea­son

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