Goal machine McManus puts pen to paper

More of the same please: Paul McManus celebrates scoring against Stranraer last season with, from left - Kevin Nicoll, Paul Sheerin and Bobby Linn. All will be at Gayfield next season.
More of the same please: Paul McManus celebrates scoring against Stranraer last season with, from left - Kevin Nicoll, Paul Sheerin and Bobby Linn. All will be at Gayfield next season.

Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin is beginning to assemble a squad he believes is capable of making an assault on the League Two title next season.

And he was delighted to reveal on Wednesday that Paul McManus will lead the Lichties’ attack next season.

The 31-year-old netted six times in 12 starting appearances when he joined from Forfar last season.

He joins left sided player Craig Johnstone, who captained League Two rivals, East Fife, last season.

Johnstone joined up at the weekend, a day after Michael Wallace, of Lochore Juniors, signed up at Gayfield.

“The fact that it was done reasonably quickly was pleasing,” revealed the gaffer. “A lot of players hold off at this time of year, but Craig committed really quickly.

“He can play left-back, left midfield or through the middle. These kind of players are vital to have and he will be a good addition.”

Regarding McManus, Sheerin is delighted to finally have him signed. “When he came in last season he was excellent for us,” he said.

“The deal has been sitting there and it was just a case of getting it finalised. He has scored goals regularly throughout his career and did so for us.

“His lack of game time over the last two years hasn’t been a problem and with the benefits of a good pre-season behind him and playing regularly, he will definitely get goals for us next season.”

Disappointingly, two players have left the club - Colin Hamilton to Brechin, and Alan Cook, who has joined East Fife.

“It was a blow to lose them,” the gaffer said. “However, as they are under 23 we get a little bit of compensation for them. In an ideal world, you would like to get more, but hopefully that money can be ploughed back into other areas of the park.”