New blood boosts wounded Arbroath

Arbroath gaffer Paul Sheerin was glad of his judgement in the January transfer market as one of his new signings sealed the deal on Saturday.

Striker Paul McManus, who ironically began his career with East Fife, put the winning goal past his old club to give the Lichties only their second back to back victory this season.

Paul McManus and the other signings have been making waves.

Paul McManus and the other signings have been making waves.

According to the 31-year-old, who has also played for Forfar, Brechin, Raith Rovers, Stirling Albion and Stranraer, it wasn’t a pretty goal, but it was the result he was after.

He said: “To be fair, it was a good ball coming in. I’m not sure what happened to big boy Mbu, but I felt he was a wee bit hesitant and as soon as he’s ducked I’ve closed my eyes and the ball’s come down, it’s hit me in the knee and it’s gone in the net and that’s as good as it’s going to get for us today, but we’ll take that.”

After the match the boss was delighted with McManus’ performance as well as those of the rest of the new faces.

Mr Sheerin said: “He’s come in here and he’s breathed a new life into not just our frontline but everybody and he’s not the only one.

“The ones that I’ve brought in have really added to us, big Kevin Nicoll has been excellent in the middle of the park for us, Ricky Little is like a new signing as well coming back in.”

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