McInally tells Norris to take chance after Formartine loan

© DC ThomsonPicture of (L-R) Aaron Norris and Stuart Duff.

Picture of (L-R) Aaron Norris and Stuart Duff. Picture by KENNY ELRICK

Peterhead manager Jim McInally wants Aaron Norris to state his case for a key role at Peterhead.

Norris returns to Balmoor after a successful loan spell with Highland League side Formartine United and has told McInally he wants to make an impact with his home-town club.

The former Aberdeen midfielder joined Peterhead in 2017 after being released by the Pittodrie side, making 11 appearances during a season in which Peterhead fell just short of promotion from League 2.

Norris played the same number of games in blue last season before heading out on loan to Paul Lawson’s side and winning the Aberdeenshire Shield, finishing fourth in the Highland League and reaching the final of the Highland League Cup.

Norris told The Press and Journal last month the loan spell had given him his confidence back and he was returning to Peterhead to prove he could contribute to their cause.

McInally said: “He said he wants to give it a go and he’s up for it, so we’ll see.

“He needed to find out what position he’s best in at Formartine – he’s a midfield player that can play on either side.

“His fitness levels are brilliant too.

“Paul Lawson was quite happy with him playing in that position and hopefully that’s put Aaron’s mind at rest. He’s told me he wants to make a go of it with us, so it’s up to him now.”

Norris’ last game for the Blue Toon was the IRN-BRU Cup defeat to Bohemians last October. He was released by Aberdeen in 2017 and had a trial spell with Ross County that summer, before undergoing a double groin operation.

The 21-year-old was part of the same under-20s setup as Aberdeen first-teamers Scott McKenna and Connor McLennan.