Sheerin and Petrie sign on for another two seasons

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PAUL Sheerin has pledged his future to Arbroath Football Club by signing a two-year extension to his contract.

After the last game of the season on Saturday, which saw the presentation of the Third Division trophy to the Lichties, the manager and his assistant, Stewart Petrie, both penned new deals to keep them at the club.

And now their futures have been sorted the pair can now get to work assembling a squad for next season that will be taking on the Second Division.

Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport: “Stewart and myself signed on Saturday after the game and we are delighted, although it was only a matter of time and obviously the club wanted to get things tied up.

“We just needed to dot the Is and cross the Ts.”

But despite only signing a contract on Saturday, several national newspapers were linking him elsewhere but the boss rubbished this as “merely paper talk”.

The manager’s right-hand man, Stewart Petrie, has also been an integral part of the Gayfield men’s title winning season, despite never having worked with Mr Sheerin before.

And the boss puts their successful partnership down to their similarities.

He explained: “We kind of just stumbled across each other as we had never worked together before and we have had such a great season.

“I suppose we are quite similar in nature which has helped us and he has done more on the coaching side of things.

“We are both forward thinking players and positive about most things so we just bounce of each other well.

“But we also have a good friendship now as well so the two of us will probably come as a package now.”

The chairman, John Christison, was equally as happy that the boss and his assistant had signed on for the next two seasons after tasting success in their first campaign together as the club looks towards the future.

He said: “We are obviously delighted that they have agreed a two-year extension to their contracts and have committed to the club.

“Now hopefully we can build on the success we have this season.

“Now Paul and Stewart are signed up we will be concentrating on signing players and hopefully we can start doing that in the next week or so.”

And signing players is definitely something the management team have on their mind at the minute.

Mr Sheerin added: “We are focusing on building our squad for next season and trying to get players on board.

“Hopefully we can chat to the players we want from the existing squad by Friday and get talks to an advanced stage.

“We are wanting to touch base with them early and try and get some players signed up soon.

“We have a list of other players that we are interested in but we will just have to take things as they come.”