Doris and Hill on board for campaign

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IT HAS been mixed signing news for Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin this week with players pledging their services and two departures.

On Sunday he received a boost when last season’s top scorer, Steven Doris, signed on the dotted line to commit to his fourth season at Gayfield.

Doris was quickly joined by ‘keeper Darren Hill who was almost an ever present in goal during the last campaign.

However, a shock came on Wednesday when it was announced that striker Gavin Swankie had opted to join local rivals Forfar Athletic on a two-year deal.

Then the news broke that the club had agreed compensation with Dunfermline leaving midfielder Josh Falkingham free to sign for the Pars.

And Mr Sheerin admitted to HeraldSport Wednesday was not a great day for him.

He explained: “With Gavin Swankie signing for Forfar it was a blow and a massive surprise.

“The club had put a good package together to reward him for goals but obviously he has chosen to move on up to Forfar.

“So we wish him good luck, apart from when we face Forfar of course.

“And now Josh is free to sign with Dunfermline as compnesation has been agreed.

“All he has to do now is put pen to paper and it is just a case of him signing.

“I believe he has been offered a two-year deal which is excellent for him and out of everybody he is the one that deserves it.”

However, despite the blow the boss was delighted that Doris, who netted 21 times last season will be remaining with the club alongside ‘keeper Hill.

He said: “Darren Hill has only missed two games since I have come into the club so I’m happy to get him back on board.

“And Doris was just superb getting 21 goals, so that is massive for us.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he had interest from elsewhere but he has all the right attributes.

“He could maybe drop a couple of pounds but at the same time you don’t want to lose his power.

“But I’m just delighted he is staying.”

Mr Sheerin has also revealed that the Lichties will face yet another SPL team when they face Dundee United on Tuesday, July 24.