Familiarity was key for new Lichtie Omar Kader

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There’s a sense of familiarity for Omar Kader as the winger prepares to meet up with his new team Arbroath ahead of the 2016/17 season.

Not because he’s a former Lichtie, but because he’ll be reunited with former boss Dick Campbell and his coaching staff.

It was Dick who took Omar to Forfar Athletic from Spartans in 2012 and Kader was one of the first names announced to be heading to Gayfield after the last campaign ended.

The pacey winger - whose Forfar tenure included a short spell with Alloa Athletic in the Championship - said it was an easy decision to come to the Angus coast after speaking to the Campbells.

He added that while last season was disappointing for the Loons, he expects a resurgent Forfar side to offer his new team a stern contest in the year ahead.

Omar said: “It was an easy decision after I spoke to the gaffer and Pink. Once you speak to them you listen to their enthusiasm, their plans for the team and the club. You come off the phone feeling on the same level so it was straightforward after that.

“With those two and John Young and other members of the staff, there’s familiarity there having worked with those guys for three years or whatever it was. It’s good going and I’ll know what to expect.

“The quality of players signing speak volumes for the management team but also the club as well. When I spoke to them at the start he mentioned the type of player they were trying to sign.

“It’s one thing speaking to players but getting them to commit is another. They’re great players and guys I’ve played against in the last few years, so it’s shaping up to be a good squad.

“I think there were a few things wrong there at Forfar last season and it was something that couldn’t be turned around. There was quite a turnover of players and obviously a change of management.

“I don’t think anybody could really pinpoint what went wrong, and ultimately it ended sadly. They’ve started to change a lot of things at the club so I’m sure they’ll be up at the top this season.

“You saw it last year. East Fife went away with it at the end but for the rest of the season it was pretty tight. The players the other teams have signed, it’ll be very strong.”