New boys aiming to catch the eye

The Lichties in action in their 1-0 defeat to Craigroyston on Saturday
The Lichties in action in their 1-0 defeat to Craigroyston on Saturday

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin will be using the next couple of friendlies to cast his eye over several potential signings.

In Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Craigroyston, the boss took a closer look at three trialists, including former St Johnstone youngster Ryan Sullivan.

Also on trial was ex-Stoke City player Unpha Koroma and Lari Yau, who has previously played for Croydon.

And with a friendly lined up for tomorrow (Saturday) against Lossiemouth and another on Tuesday night against Aberdeen both at Gayfield, the boss is keen to get another look at them.

He told HeraldSport: “We’ve had a couple of personnel changes this summer and also some trialists in the team on Saturday.

“We will get another look at them over the next few games and then decide and see what happens.”

However, one player who definitely won’t be turning out in maroon next season is Steven Doris who finally secured his future with a move to Dundee.

The frontman, best remembered for his equaliser against Celtic in the Scottish Cup, had been seeking a move to full-time football since going on trial at English side Birmingham City earlier this year.

He had also been on the radar of St Mirren and Motherwell, but it was the Dens Park side who finally snapped him up.

And despite Doris being a player, Mr Sheerin wanted to keep, the boss says he goes with everyone’s best wishes.

He explained: “You obviously want good players to stay but because it is a move into full-time football we wish him all the best.

“You can’t stop somebody who wants to go on and progress and I think his move is long overdue.”

With the Lichties set to face Lossiemouth tomorrow, they will be hoping to notch up their first win of their pre-season campaign.

And even though the boss says there were some positives from the defeat to Craigroyston, he believes it is a team they should have beaten.

Mr Sheerin added: “It was a typical pre-season game, with plenty of positives.

“I’m reasonably happy but with the greatest of respect to Craigroyston, they are a team we should be winning against.

“I did tweak the shape slightly to look at different options.

“But now it is all about preparing and making sure we are ready for the first competitive game against Stenhousemuir on the 27th.”

•The club has announced that the 36-0 bar will be closed tomorrow (Saturday) and on Tuesday. This is due to the bar being decorated.