Doris set for Birmingham trial

Paul Sheerin battles for possession against East Fife.
Paul Sheerin battles for possession against East Fife.

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has admitted it might be a struggle to keep star striker Steven Doris at the club during the January transfer window.

After a sensational performance against Celtic in the televised Scottish Cup replay at Gayfield last month, Doris has caught the eye of English Championship club, Birmingham City.

The Blues, managed by ex-Newcastle United midfielder Lee Clark, have been in touch with the Lichties and the manager himself and the 24-year-old could be set to go on trial down south.

Mr Sheerin explained: “Birmingham have spoken to the club to see if they could get him in on trial.

“Obviously this would be excellent for Steven and they are keen to do it soon.

“But we have had a lot of games over the festive period as have they, and we didn’t want it to affect us.

“So once the fixtures start to tail off it will probably go ahead.

“But they are really keen to get him down there and take a look at him.

“It seems to have come off the back of the Celtic game which was on Sky, which is not only good for Steven but also great for the club to get that kind of recognition.”

Other changes are also predicted for the Lichties during the month, but the boss was remaining tight-lipped regarding what these might be.

He added: “I made changes last January and it is just part and parcel of the game as you need to shuffle the pack.

“There are a couple of players we are looking to bring in which we hope will strengthen the squad.”

The new year has been a happy one for the Gayfield men so far with maximum points taken from East Fife after a 1-0 win in their first game of 2013.

But tomorrow (Saturday) the Lichties must travel to league leaders Queen of the South, who are 11 points clear at the top of the table.

The Dumfries side go into the game on a high after thumping local rivals Ayr United 5-1 in their new year fixture.

The Lichties have bad memories of Palmerston Park after being on the receiving end of a 6-0 defeat earlier in the season.

But the boss says tomorrow’s game will be a good test for his players.

He explained: “It has been demanding for us part-time players over the festive period as we won’t get as much recovery time as boys have been going to work too.

“It will be a good test for ourselves as you are wanting to improve yourself all of the time.

“We seem to be OK for tomorrow in terms of people available it is just a case of dealing with tired legs but hopefully we can recover as best we can ready for the match.”

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