Willie Gibson feared he may have to quit Peterhead this summer over a scheduling clash.
Gibson runs his own football coaching camps for kids and one-to-one sessions, however a change in Peterhead’s training days clashed with that and nearly prompted him to move on.
However, after he and manager Jim McInally returned from their respective summer breaks, the two were able to iron out the issue and allow Gibson to prolong his Peterhead career.
The experienced midfielder, who lives in Dumfries, joined the Blue Toon in 2017 and was part of their League 2 title-winning campaign last season. He played 90 minutes in the Betfred Cup against Caley Thistle and Raith Rovers as Peterhead took six points from their four group games.
Gibson said: “There was a spanner thrown in the works when Peterhead changed their training day. I was only told two or three weeks ago and I could possibly have to look elsewhere for my football. At this age, I have to put the business foremost and if it was going to affect that then I have to choose the business.
“We both went on holiday and said we’d talk when we got back. It was quick to get ironed out; I speak to him quite a lot and since I signed for Peterhead, I feel we’ve been good for one another.
“He appreciates people that go to Peterhead need to travel extra miles and the club work round that and help you out. Hopefully, my performances over the two years have been payback.
“The manager knows what he gets out of me and I think there’s a good balance at the moment. I love my football and as you get older, you appreciate it more. When you’re winding down, you want to play and enjoy it as much as you can.”
Gibson, who counts Queen of the South, Falkirk, Dunfermline and St Johnstone among his former clubs, hopes Peterhead do not curb their ambition now they are back in League 1.
Falkirk dropped down from the Championship last season and are widely-tipped to be promotion favourites, however Gibson reckons play-off spots are up for grabs.
He added: “I aim for the stars; we won the league last year and I don’t see us just surviving. I want us to do well and achieve something.
“Falkirk are going to be the outright favourites and with some of their signings, you can see why. But there’s another three spots in the play-offs and we have got to aim for that.”