Holmes moves in!

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WITH their first pre-season warm up game against Cove Rangers tomorrow (Saturday), Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is slowly pulling his squad together.

On Monday night, the boss tied up the signing of former Airdrie striker Derek Holmes and hopes to have another new face at Gayfield by today (Friday).

But with only three weeks remaining until their first competitive match, the boss knows he still must bring in new players.

He told HeraldSport: “Derek Holmes is a different type of player for us as he can hold the ball up well and his link-up play is excellent.

“He is something a bit different for us but hopefully he can support the strikers and they can play off him. But now defenders are my main priority and I have pretty much had my ‘phone glued to my ear talking to people.

“I have been trying to coax a few away from full-time football, so we have to be patient but hopefully we can tie them up over the next couple of weeks.”

Tomorrow’s pre-season friendly away to Cove Rangers will give the boss a chance to also cast his eye over some trialists but he insists its more about players’ engines than performance.

He added: “This is a game for fitness more than anything else.

“We will have a couple of trialists in so it will be good to get a look at them but first and foremost it is all about fitness.”

Also speaking to HeraldSport this week is new signing Paul Currie who joined the ranks at Gayfield last week.

The former Berwick Rangers and Hamilton midfielder spent the last campaign at Musselburgh Athletic and he said he was delighted to be re-joining the senior game.

He said: “I had been training with Arbroath and when I was offered a contract I knew I definitely wanted to sign.

“I don’t really know any of the players here but everybody has been welcoming and I can’t wait to get started.

“Pre-season has been difficult but it is just something that needs to be done and you have to get through it.”

And with the Lichties finishing second in Division Two last season, Currie is hoping it will be more of the same.

He added: “Everybody wants to finish as high as possible and I know Arbroath were very close to the top last year so we will want to be that close again.

“What I want to do here is help Arbroath to do as well as they can and make sure I play well and hopefully establish myself in the first team.

“I can’t wait for the competitive games to start but I know there will be a lot of tough ones this season.”