Aussie defender joins Lichties

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has fought off competition from a number of clubs to sign central defender Beau Busch.

The 27-year-old Australian (pictured) put pen to paper on Wednesday as the manager prepares his squad for the upcoming Second Division campaign.

Busch, who knows the Lichties’ assistant boss Stewart Petrie from his time playing in Australia, trained with the Gayfield men over Christmas and New Year.

And Mr Sheerin was delighted that he has decided to come on board for the new season.

He told HeraldSport: “Beau wants full-time football in either England or Scotland so I think it will be good to have an ambitious player at the club.

“He had been talking to Ross County but they then had a change of manager and things didn’t quite work out.

“But I definitely think we have found a decent centre half as he might not be the tallest but he is quick and aggressive and was pretty impressive when he trained with us earlier in the year.”

Busch will join the rest of his team-mates who have to report back for pre-season training on Monday and the manager is hopeful two more players from the existing squad will also sign on by then.

However leaving Gayfield after more than three years will be veteran defender Alan Rattray, who has joined Peterhead.

Mr Sheerin added: “He has agreed terms with Peterhead after they made him a pretty good offer and you can’t really argue with that.

“I wish him all the best for the future.

“But hopefully we can get another two players tied up by Monday but fingers crossed we are in a pretty strong position to move forward.”

However, despite intense speculation, the future of last season’s top goalscorer, Gavin Swankie, is still unclear after he attracted interest from First Division Ross County.

But the boss says it’s just a matter of waiting to see if the move comes off.

He explained: “I spoke to Gavin on Monday and Ross County have expressed their interest and spoken to him but that’s about it.

“He wants to make the step up to full-time football but he is still as unsure as us of what is happening.

“But I suppose from our point of view no news is a good thing.”