saints marching in for doris?

Steven's performances against Celtic in the Scottish Cup meant he was longer an Arbroath secret.
Steven's performances against Celtic in the Scottish Cup meant he was longer an Arbroath secret.

If Steven Doris does sign for St Mirren it will be a move that the striker will have earned, says Arbroath gaffer Paul Sheerin.

The Lichties’ top scorer has been in talks with the Paisley men, although no deal had been done when we talked to the Gayfield supremo.

“Steven was in talks with St Mirren last week and they asked him back in again on Monday, so I thought they were going to offer him something, but now they want him in for a week’s trial,” revealed Mr Sheerin.

“If a move there does happen in my opinion it would be deserved. I am surprised no one has taken him up until now. If I was a full-time manager, having worked with him, I wouldn’t hesitate.”

But the Maroons’ boss has not been idle in the transfer market himself.

Darren Smith was snapped up after spending last year with East Fife, while Johnny Lindsay, who was with Stalybridge Celtic, is also on board.

Mr Sheerin commented: “I think we lost our way a wee bit last season and I was conscious of the fact that we weren’t playing the same quality of football that we had the previous two seasons.

“With that in mind I am trying to build a squad that is a bit more attack minded and Darren fits into that ethos. He keeps the ball well, is tenacious and sits in the middle of the park. I think he will do really well for us, as he always impressed me when we played against him last season.

“I knew Johnny [a left-back] from when he was young lad at St Johnstone. He has a great attitude and although my budget is a bit tied because I’m not sure what is happening with Colin Hamilton, he just said he wanted to play. That alone impressed me and gave me the opportunity to offer him something.

“Left-back isn’t the easiest position to fill and even if we do still have Colin I am sure Johnny will be putting him under pressure.”

The players are now doing pre-season training and the gaffer has been impressed with his charges.

“It’s been going really well and the boys have really looked after themselves which is a real bonus. In saying that it’s not like years ago when you did nothing for six weeks and used your pre-season to get fit. Those days are gone,” he revealed.

“We have a squad of 16 and they are all in fine fettle. There is still room for a couple more, but we are building a strong squad.”

The new players are fitting in well. “It’s difficult as we are based at a sports centre in Perth, but we will be at the park on Saturday and I am looking forward to having a good chat when we are in our own environment,” he added.