Lichties’ boss targets new faces

editorial image

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says he won’t be rushed into bringing any new signings to the club despite the transfer deadline fast approaching.

The boss has yet to add any players to his squad during the current window even though he has been chasing the signatures of several.

Last week HeraldSport reported that Mr Sheerin was keen to land his former team-mate from St Johnstone Colin Samuel who is currently without a club.

But this week the manager says they are just still waiting to see if he will sign on at Gayfield.

Mr Sheerin explained: “We are just in the same position with that one.

“Although I am still trying to get players into the club and we could be looking at having somebody in for tomorrow’s (Saturday) game.

“It is all about finding the right players and not being rushed into anything.

“I think I’ve had my fingers burnt in the past a little bit bringing in players on their reputation.

“But I will only bring people in if I think they will enhance us and put a real pressure on others for places so we are challenging in the play-offs.”

And if the boss can bring in a new face before tomorrow’s clash with Albion Rovers at Gayfield, he will be hoping they can turn around the recent fortunes of the Lichties.

In their last five league outings, the Gayfield men have picked up only four points and have not recorded a victory.

But Mr Sheerin is hopeful that tomorrow his side can take maximum points.

He said: “Albion Rovers will be very tough opponents as they like to take the ball forward and have quality in their side so they can be a handful.

“But our home form has been good throughout so I would rather we had a home game tomorrow than away this week.

“Four out of our next six games are at home so it is a good opportunity for us to start picking up points again.”

The only injury concerns for the clash are Michael White and Jordan Elfverson, with the boss having his pick from the rest of the squad.

In Saturday’s 2-2 draw at East Fife, the manager fielded a much changed starting line-up with several fringe players getting their chance to stake a place in the team.

And even though Mr Sheerin presented some players with a golden chance to prove themselves, he admitted some of them didn’t grab the opportunity enough.

He added: “Some of the ones that came in never did as well as I expected as they were not far away from getting a starting place anyway.

“I thought Beau (Busch) did fine at right-back but some probably didn’t convince me on that performance.”

In the game at New Bayview, the Lichties had to come from behind twice to salvage a point and take the draw.

And Mr Sheerin believes they were actually lucky not to come away empty handed.

He said: “It is a point gained rather than two lost given the circumstances.

“We are creating chances but need to be winning games.”