Lichties’ boss set to reduce his squad!

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SEVERAL players could be leaving Gayfield in the New Year transfer window as Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin looks to reduce his squad.

With a large number of players currently at the club, the manager says several maybe moved in to allow others to join the ranks.

He told HeraldSport that over the coming week he will be informing the players who are no longer part of his plans and seeing if they can move elsewhere.

He explained: “Of course we are always looking to improve the squad and the problem we have is that it is quite a big squad here so it is unfortunate that some players might have to move on to allow others to come in.

“Over the coming weeks we will be starting to see if we can find other clubs for these players to join and move them on of possible.

Most players here are under contract so I’m sure they will only go if the move is right for them but there is the possibility of bringing in another one or two.”

With the Lichties able to squeeze in the home fixture with Stranraer last Wednesday before the cold snap set back in, they were able to come out of cold storage for the first time in five weeks.

But as they are without a game on Boxing Day (Sunday), it will be January 2 before they return to action again when they face Montrose at Links Park.

The boss admits the stop-start nature of the fixtures has been frustrating but hopes his players will be ready to cope with the backlog when the weather improves.

He added: “It has been difficult lately, especially as we haven’t been able to get into things and carry on our run as we would have hoped.

“But against Stranraer last Wednesday, I was pleased with how the players responded with their performance levels so hopefully we can keep that up.

“We will probably be training three times next week rather than just two to give us that extra session as chances are the Montrose game will definitely go ahead as they have an artificial surface at Links Park.”

Now the Lichties are halfway through the season and are currently sitting fourth in Division Three.

And even though he admits progress was slow at the very start of the season, he is pleased with their latest progress.

He said: “It was slow to begin with but the past few weeks have been encouraging with a lot improvement.

“It was difficult for me at first to combine being both a manager and player but I’m really enjoying it at the moment.”