Delight as Josh and Lee come on board for new campaign

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THE TRANSFER market has been a mixed bag for Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin with Monday seeing two players commit to Gayfield while another made an exit.

The boss has managed to retain the services of young midfielder Josh Falkingham, who was a stand out performer in last season’s championship winning squad.

He joins Lee Sibanda who has also signed on the dotted line for the forthcoming campaign to take Mr Sheerin’s total tally of players to 12.

However, leaving the Gayfield ranks is former Hibs midfielder Ross Chisholm who has been snapped up by Dundee after a string of impressive performances in the last campaign.

The boss told HeraldSport that he is delighted to have tied up two influential signings and hopes another can be made soon.

He said: “Getting Josh to sign was a real boost for the club as he is a great character to be around in the dressing room and his personality just rubs off on everybody in the club.

“I’m delighted he signed because it is a big commitment being based in Leeds and coming up here at 20 years old and being away from your family.

“He trains with St Johnstone during the week so its like having a full-time footballer at the club which is a great benefit to us.

“With Lee Sibanda coming on board, he also gave us a fresh impetus when he joined us in January and he will be pushing for a regular place this season.

“An offer has also been made to another midfielder and its now just a case of seeing whether he accepts it.”

Mr Sheerin added it was a shame to see Ross Chisholm make the short trip to sign on at Dundee and that there are also doubts about the future of Adam Strachan.

He explained: “We send our best regards to Ross Chisholm who came into training on Monday night and wish him all the best.

“He was a real catalyst last season when we won the championship and he wanted to get back to full-time football.

“With Adam Strachan he told me he was going to sign before going on holiday but he has changed his mind since returning and I understand there is some interest from Queen of the South.

“The situation with Gavin Swankie still remains the same and no news is good news.

“Although within a two hour period on Monday Ross Chisholm had gone so we know we can’t take anything for granted.”

With pre-season training back underway and the first friendly against St Johnstone on Monday, July 4 just 10 days away, the Lichties supporters don’t have long to wait before the league campaign kicks off once again.

The season starts with a home game against Albion Rovers on August 6 and the manager is looking forward to getting back to action.

He added: “With playing Albion Rovers four times last season we should know what to expect.

“We will raise the championship flag that day so we are looking forward to it and hopefully three points as well.”