ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has been preparing for the opening of the January transfer window by informing several players they are free to leave the club.
Jim Hamilton, Jay Shields and Marc McCulloch have all been told that they have the option to leave the club and the boss warns that over the coming week, more players will be informed they are free to go elsewhere.
But Mr Sheerin is hopeful he will also be able to bring new faces into Gayfield.
He told HeraldSport: “Unfortunately I have spoken to a couple of players and given Jim Hamilton, Jay Shields and Marc McCulloch the option to move on in January.
“There will be more players I will be speaking to over the coming week but with the amount of players in the squad, I knew it was something I would have to do.
“Due to the amount of injuries at the start of the season, we had to bring in cover and now everybody is back to full fitness, we have to reduce the amount of players.
“I have a few players in mind that I would also like to come to the club but at the moment we are in the process of trying to sign up Ross Chisholm on a longer term contract.
“His current deal runs out on January 17 and we are desperate to try and tie him up and if we can do that, it will be just as big as signing a new player as he has been excellent for us in the games he has played so far.”
On Sunday, Arbroath will be playing in a derby clash against Montrose, where the Lichties will be hoping it will be third time lucky against the Gable Endies on their home turf.
The two previous encounters at Links Park have ended in a defeat and then a draw in the Scottish Cup and the manager is hoping they will go one better this time and bring back all three points.
He said: “It would definitely be nice to take something from Montrose, especially at Links Park and hopefully we can rectify that on Sunday.
“And as we are on a five-game unbeaten run, we definitely don’t want to lose our record there.”
The last time the two teams met last month at Gayfield, Montrose were on the receiving end of a 4-1 hammering courtesy of a hat-trick from Steven Doris and another from the boss.
And Mr Sheerin added: “I would imagine Montrose will be right up for the derby game and I would say both teams will be battling with a pretty hectic start.
“Barring any disasters in training before then, we should have a full squad to chose from which is always pleasing before a derby match.”