Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes hopes loan move can help Stevie May reignite career

Stevie May featured in the friendly with Caley Thistle on Saturday.
Stevie May featured in the friendly with Caley Thistle on Saturday.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes a loan move may give Stevie May the chance to reignite his career.

The Dons striker has struggled for regular game time following his £400,000 move from Preston North End two years ago, scoring just eight goals in his time at Pittodrie, and McInnes is willing to let the forward go out on loan.

May’s former club St Johnstone, St Mirren and Dundee United are among the clubs interested in his services and the Dons boss says the player is happy to go out on a temporary deal.

He said: “We had a chat and he’ll probably have a few options to see what he wants to do and go and get regular football.

“We’re happy for Stevie to go out on loan and get regular football and try and score goals and try to catch fire for somebody with the option to come back in January. That would be something that we would like to happen.

“Stevie understands it and he’s receptive to going out and playing somewhere. If he feels that he wants go on a permanent deal then we’d maybe look at that. But we’re not shutting the door on him when he’s got an opportunity at some clubs (to go on loan).

“I’ve spoken to managers who are interested and I’m sure there are other clubs interested.”

Aberdeen’s Greg Leigh leaves the field at Borough Briggs.

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie with RoPS Rovaniemi at Pittodrie, McInnes was dealt an injury blow as Greg Leigh limped off against Caley Thistle on Saturday.

The pitch at Borough Briggs was criticised by McInnes, who is hoping the injury to his new left-back is not as serious as feared.

McInnes added: “It was a truly awful pitch so it does make it a bit more treacherous.
I hope it’s all right for Greg Leigh and for us but I wanted Greg to get 90 minutes. He was a wee bit behind our lads. He’s had a longer break than most.

“Pre-season is pre-season. It’s too early to make judgements although we’re all guilty of making quick judgements on players.

“He’s showed what we expected really – that tenacity, robustness, speed, the ability to get up and down the pitch. He’s eager to do well but today wasn’t his day. Hopefully it isn’t anything too serious.”