Martin Grehan believes the League Two title race is going to be wide open after several clubs have strengthened their squads significantly.
The new Arbroath striker thinks Clyde and Stirling Albion will be fierce contenders for the league crown, but says his new club will be right up in contention alongside them.
I’ve played against Todd and he’s a winner.Martin Grehan
The former Alloa, Stranraer and Stenhousemuir man added that he hopes to help make Gayfield a daunting proposition for visiting sides.
Martin said: “I think it’s going to be a cracking season. Clyde have strengthened, Stirling Albion have as well, ourselves as well. There’s not really anything to fear in the league. Teams have added but we will think of ourselves, get a good pre-season and go for it. We want to go for the title, it’s up for grabs.
“I’m looking forward to getting going. I know Arbroath is a tough place to come for other teams, I’ve played against them a lot, so I hope we can keep Gayfield a difficult place for sides to come. If we can do that we’ll do well.”
Grehan said that he was very impressed by Todd Lumsden’s vision for the club and he had an easy decision to make once Todd made contact about a move.
He continued: “I had a couple of offers from League Two but after I spoke to Todd on the phone, he was saying the right things. He said the club is going in the right direction and he was keen to sign me.
“He said they’re looking for promotion again this season. I’ve played against Todd and he’s a winner. He’s a straight-up guy.”
Pre-season training began on Wednesday night ahead of the Lichties’ first friendly against Dundee United in the Forfarshire Cup on Tuesday, July 7 at home.
Martin believes his experience will help the team’s youngsters grind out results in tougher games and more difficult conditions.
He added that he’s keen to play alongside fellow new boy Lewis Coult, with great service from the likes of Bobby Linn an exciting proposition.
The striker said: “y experience will be good for the younger players. They can take on board things that experienced players like myself can share.
“There will be games where we will want to play attractive football, you want to do that and you want to attract the fans. But there will be games when the weather is bad and you can’t do that so you need to dig in. You need your inexperienced players to learn how to grind results out because that’s what wins leagues.
“I’ve played against Lewis a few times but never with him. He had a bad season last year with injury like myself, I think he was out longer. I’m sure he’s like myself, very excited to start for Arbroath.
“I hope we can both add to the squad and we can get them up there challenging.
I know what Bobby Linn’s all about. We need to get him on the ball whenever we can. He can turn the screw and he’s someone I’m really excited to play alongside.
“If he has the season he had this year it’ll be great for Arbroath. The fans love him and I’ve played against him before, I know what he can do.
“If I can hold it up for him and the other players it will be great.
“I know he can put the balls in, I need to be on the end of them.”