Hamilton set for Notts County trial

Defender and ex-Queen's Park captain Ricky Little has signed on at Gayfield.
Defender and ex-Queen's Park captain Ricky Little has signed on at Gayfield.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin has solved the problem of finding a new right-back but his attentions may have to turn to the left-back position.

On Wednesday he announced former Queen’s Park defender Ricky Little had signed on for the Lichties in his chase to find a replacement for Mark Baxter.

However, the boss may soon have to also find a new left-back, too, as Colin Hamilton, who virtually made the position his own last season, is set to go on trial at English League One side Notts County.

The 21-year-old is said to be keen to return to full-time football and the boss says it is not surprising that Hamilton wants to take the opportunity.

He told HeraldSport: “He wants to go back full-time so it is understandable if he does move on.

“But it puts us in a bit of a catch 22 situation as we don’t know what will happen with him and we have to weigh up whether we should bring in somebody else in the meantime.

“It is an unfortunate situation in that respect but we understand that the wants to prove himself at a higher level.”

However, Mr Sheerin was delighted he was able to tie up the services of a new right-back, which had been high on his agenda.

He added: “Ricky has a real desire to do well in the game and he can play right back or in the centre.

“He is still a good age at 23 and has been captain at Queen’s Park for the last three years so we know what he can offer.

“He was pretty high up the list of people I wanted to bring in.”

But the situation is still not so clear with striker Steven Doris.

He has yet to pledge his services to Gayfield and rumours have been circulating he could be poised to move elsewhere.

But the boss said: “Obviously you want players like Steven at your football club.

“But he is away on holiday at the moment so I will speak to him next week and hopefully things will become clearer then.”

The squad returns to start pre-season training again in little over a week as preparations begin for the new campaign.

Already friendlies are confirmed against Craigroyston, Aberdeen, Inverness and Partick Thistle.

And the boss says there may be another friendly to be announced in the coming weeks.

He explained: “We could fit another one in.

“But with what we have arranged we will be playing Saturdays and midweek so I’m happy enough with that.”