New signing Andy Munro says that he’s relishing the chance to compete with Ricky Little and fellow newbie Graham Hay for a starting berth.
The centre half joins Arbroath after playing an impressive role in Musselburgh Athletic’s run to the Scottish Junior Cup Final.
I pegged Bobby Linn a couple of times in training - that’s probably what convinced the gaffer to offer me a deal!Andy Munro
It’s a long-awaited shot at senior football for Munro after he found himself way down the pecking order during his time with Raith Rovers.
And the defender is thrilled to have signed for a club with ambition like Todd Lumsden’s Lichties.
Andy said: “It’s good to sign for Arbroath. It’s probably taken a bit longer than I expected to get a chance to be honest but I’m glad to get it sorted.
“I’m looking forward to the competition for places with Graham Hay and Ricky Little. I know how hard it’s going to be to get into the team but it’s something I’m really looking forward to doing.
“The gaffer told me I’d get a chance so it’s up to me to make the most of it when it comes.
“The competition will be great but you’ve got to expect competition at a club like Arbroath where we’re already hoping to win the league before a ball has been kicked. Competition for places will spur us all on.
“I posted on Twitter that I’d signed and I got a lot of messages from fans saying they wanted to win the league.
“It stands me in good stead to have joined a club with such ambitions.
“I’m glad to be back in senior football but as I said, it’s probably later than I wanted. But the timing’s probably about right for me. I’m more mature now and I’m ready to kick on.
“I got offered a new deal at Raith and I thought I’d have gotten a chance to play there. I fell down the pecking order when they made some new signings.
“I was meant to go to Berwick for some experience but they got a boy in permanently.
“I went to Musselburgh and had a really good season.
“The Junior Cup final was brilliant. It’s probably the best experience I’ve had playing football. There was something like 6,500 fans there and it was live on TV.”
Andy praised his new teammates for helping him settle in so swiftly after showing up to his first training session as a bag of nerves.
But those nerves didn’t stop him nut-megging Arbroath’s star player Bobby Linn - twice!
Munro joked that it might even have been what convinced Lumsden to offer him a deal.
He said: “I’ve got great first impressions of the club and the manager.
“When I first went in I was like a bag of jaggies trying to train, I was so nervous.
“All the boys made me feel really welcome and told me to relax and enjoy myself. It really helped.
“Bobby’s got to be welcoming to me, I pegged him in training a couple of times so I bet that doesn’t happen very often.
“That’s probably what convinced the gaffer to offer me a deal.”
Manager Todd Lumsden will be taking part in a Meet The Manager session this coming Saturday.
Beginning at noon in the 36-0 Bar at Gayfield, the boss will give a presentation to fans and host a Q&A session.