Paul is playing the waiting game

Bobby Linn, pictured in action for East Fife, is one player who has linked up with his new team-mates for pre-season.
Bobby Linn, pictured in action for East Fife, is one player who has linked up with his new team-mates for pre-season.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is hoping his gamble of holding out a little longer before signing any more players will pay off.

The transfer front has been quiet for the Lichties this week as they look forward to their first pre-season friendly against Craigroyston tomorrow (Saturday).

But as there are only three weeks until competitive matches get underway, the boss is hoping there might be a last minute flurry of signings.

He told HeraldSport: “There is nothing doing on the signing front this week.

“I know that there will be players holding out until the very last minute so I’m hoping my gamble of waiting a little longer before tying anymore up pays off.

“But saying that I’m happy with where we are at the moment but equally if a player I want becomes available I will go in for him.”

And it seems the boss is getting used to playing the waiting game as there has still not been any progress made regarding where Steven Doris will be playing next season.

Last week HeraldSport reported that the striker was in talks with SPL club St Mirren, but it seems a move may have fallen through.

Mr Sheerin explained: “It is all pure speculation at the moment and nothing has been resolved.

“I’ve spoken to more than St Mirren about him as well as Motherwell so there is interest in him.

“It is just a case of these clubs putting money where their mouth is.”

Tomorrow’s friendly away to Craigroyston will provide the Lichties with their first real test of pre-season after two weeks of training.

And the boss added: “Obviously we will be looking for the win as we want to win games.

“But at this early stage it is also about getting fitness right and the boys getting to know each other.

“All the players came back reasonably fit, so I’m quite happy.”

After tomorrow’s friendly, the next scheduled game will not be until a week on Tuesday (July 16) when an Aberdeen XI will visit Gayfield.

This is due to a pencilled in game against Montrose due to be played next Saturday (July 13) falling through.

Mr Sheerin said: “We are still trying to get a game for the 13th.

“It is difficult at the moment but I’m sure we will get something.”

In addition the draw for the first round of Ramsdens Cup was made on Friday, in which Arbroath were handed an away tie to Stenhousemuir.

The game, the first competitive match of the season will be played at Ochilview on Saturday, July 27, with a 3 p.m. kick-off.