A NEW centre half is the target for Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin as the transfer window deadline closes in.
Already the boss has brought in former St Johnstone striker Collin Samuel until the end of the season, with the 30 year-old scoring on his debut against Albion Rovers on Saturday.
But with only days remaining to complete any moves, Mr Sheerin is hoping he can get his potential signings to put pen to paper before it is too late.
He told HeraldSport: “It is fair to say we are looking for a centre half although we are not as far forward on that as I would have hoped.
“However, things can change quite quickly, even in the space of just a couple of hours.
“It might be a case of people just hanging on to see what comes about before making any decisions.
“We don’t want to be rash and we will be making sure we are bringing the right player into the club.”
And the manager’s decision to bring Collin Samuel into the Gayfield ranks seems to have worked with the Trinidad and Tobago internationalist making an instant impression.
And the boss is tipping his new signing to do well in maroon.
He said: “We finally managed to get him tied up after being after him for a couple of weeks.
“He was listening to offers from full-time clubs but all he wants to do is get back and play now.
“Given where he is from you expect him to be laid back but I think on Saturday he showed a hunger and he was desperate to be involved as he showed with his goal.
“It is not always easy to drop down a level in football and that showed last season as it took the likes of me and Swanks (Gavin Swankie) who had been playing SPL a good quarter of the season to get used to it.
“But with Collin Samuel I’m confident he will do well.”
However, the door at Gayfield is swinging both ways as Mr Sheerin has also informed three players they are free to leave.
Pedram Ardallany, Lee Bryce and Graham Girvan have all been told they are free to leave and find new clubs.
The boss added: “With Pedram he didn’t quite hit the ground running even though he has great ability.
“I saw him as a wide right player but his best position is probably playing just off the strikers, and we have plenty of cover there.
“We told him he could move on and that could be sorted by the end of the week.
“It is the same with Lee Bryce as he plays in a similar position.
“With Graham Girvan it has been hard for him as he is a right back, which is a position that Mark Baxter has done so well in.
“We are happy for Graham to find another club or go out on a loan spell.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the Lichties make the short trip to Glebe Park to face Brechin City in the first derby of 2012.
And after an emphatic 6-1 victory over Albion Rovers at Gayfield on Saturday, along with top placed Cowdenbeath dropping points, it could be a big weekend for the Maroons.
The boss said: “By the time the game against Stirling Albion comes around on Wednesday, we could have the opportunity to cut the gap to two points.
“So there is a massive incentive to win tomorrow but it will be tough as derbies always have that extra edge.
“So we will be going all out for the win but a point would be disastrous.”
The only injury worries ahead of the clash are Jordan Elfverson and Michael White.
Supporters are being reminded that there will be free entry to the Lichties next home game against Stirling Albion at Gayfield on Wednesday (February 1), although there will be a collection for the youth teams.
The orginal fixture was abandoned due to bad weather.