Toon’s loss is Burgh’s and Bruce’s gain

PA Bruce left Peterhead to join Fraserburgh.
PA Bruce left Peterhead to join Fraserburgh.

Peter Alexander Bruce never really found a place at Peterhead, the often misfiring striker relegated to the peripherals of the Blue Toon squad between spells out on loan.

For whatever reason, however, PA has found a home at Bellslea Park under the tutelage of the once prolific Kris Hunter.

In many ways, the partnership between Bruce and Hunter is ideal. The former Burgh striker has found a way to get Bruce on target, Hunter having captured his man in the summer following a stint on loan with the Burgh.

Familiar to his surroundings, well-liked by the Bellslea faithful, and, at last, scoring goals, this season has been a fine one for the Burgh’s newest hitman.

Up the road a little bit, Bruce’s old side are fighting for straight promotion from the Scottish Football League’s second division.

Jim McInally, a former Scotland international and current boss of Fraserburgh’s old rivals, the Blue Toon, spoke to us recently on why things did not work out for PA in Peterhead.

Commenting, McInally said: “I honestly don’t think about any other players once they’ve left. Not when we’re doing what we’re doing.

“PA was always a handful and a decent player but he had his chance here and he asked to go to Fraserburgh because he didn’t want to travel.”

Since leaving Peterhead, however, Bruce has travelled the length of Scotland in a heroic Scottish Cup campaign, and driven a Fraserburgh side to the top-half of the Highland League table.

Wanted by his new manager, and praised by those around him for his form of late, there seems to be little doubt that Bruce is set to become a club talisman.

Linking well with both Scott Barbour and Grant Noble since the turn of the year, he will, similarly, be integral in pushing the Broch on and into next season. The task of Hunter, meanwhile, will be keeping him fresh.

Losing someone capable of finding the back of the net is the last thing the Burgh want as they head into the final eight games of the season, their next test against Formartine United.