Boss focusing on transfer market

Manager Paul Sheerin in action against Brechin City on Saturday.
Manager Paul Sheerin in action against Brechin City on Saturday.

Two weeks into the transfer window Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is hoping to complete some more business very soon.

Last week midfielder Kevin Nicoll signed on and the boss hopes he can have another new face on board by tomorrow’s (Saturday) home clash with Stenhousemuir.

Meanwhile it has also been revealed that, as well as Lee Sibanda, it has been agreed that midfielder Darren Smith can leave the club.

And the boss insisted that at the moment he is constantly focussed on bolstering his squad.

He told HeraldSport: “I’m kind of glued to the ‘phone at the minute as we are trying to add to the squad and I would like to think we could get one in for Saturday’s game.

“I was pleased to get Kevin Nicoll in before last week’s game as it came to our attention that he wasn’t playing regularly at Albion Rovers.

“He has always been a player I have admired since he was at Dumbarton and it was good to get him in.

“With Darren Smith, he has started a new job and due to those commitments it might get in the way of training.

“So we agreed it might be better for him to find something else.”

But despite the current dealings in the transfer market, it doesn’t take away from the fact the Lichties run went from bad to worse on Saturday.

A 1-0 defeat to local rivals Brechin means the Gayfield men are now 12 games without a win and haven’t found the back of the net in their last two outings.

The latest result still leaves them in the relegation play-off place in League One, just two points ahead of bottom club Airdrie.

And with the Lichties set to face Stenhousemuir tomorrow at Gayfield, the boss is demanding more quality in front of goal, which he hopes will help them on their way to a much needed win.

He explained: “We need to be more clinical in front of goal and have more of a cutting edge in the final third.

“On Saturday against Brechin the attitude and application was excellent but we lacked quality up front.

“We had three really good chances but they didn’t fall for us but we will keep working and working to get that right and then hopefully start picking up some points.”

Steven Doris is set to miss out again on tomorrow’s fixture as he is still suffering from a stomach strain but other than that the boss has no other injury worries.

He added: “We had a bounce game against Jeanfield at the astroturf in Dundee on Wednesday mainly to get game time for both Ricky Little and Kevin Nicoll.”