Boss remains calm on signing front

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is not hitting the panic button just yet despite only completing a handful of signings for next season’s campaign.

Full back Mark Baxter has now pledged his services to the club for another year, joining Stuart Malcolm, Lee Sibanda and the manager himself.

Baxter, who became an integral part of the team last season was also named in the PFA Scotland Division Two team of the year.

And even though progress has been slow in getting a squad together, the boss is still confident there is plenty of time.

He told HeraldSport: “I do wish I had more signed players but I’m not panicking.

“We’ve touched based with quite a few players already and we will be working on that so there is no need to be hitting the panic button.”

As reported last week, eight players have been released from the club following the play-off defeat to Dumbarton, with all of the other members of the squad being offered new deals.

And the boss hopes there will be more news on this front over the next couple of weeks.

He added: “Now we have Sibanda, Malcolm and Baxter signed up and some of the other boys have also agreed to sign.

“I don’t want to tempt fate as they haven’t signed yet but hopefully we can get them tied up soon.”

Meanwhile the first pre-season friendly has been announced against SPL club Aberdeen.

The Dons will play at Gayfield on July 14 with a 3 p.m. kick-off.

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