Sheerin starts rebuilding

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has described releasing long time fans’ favourite Kevin McMullen as the hardest decision so far in his management career.

As the boss prepares for his second season at Gayfield, he has been starting to plot the Lichties assault on the Second Division next season.

He told HeraldSport: “Releasing Kevin McMullen was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make so far and it was a tough one.

“Jordyn Sheerin is also being released and David McGowan is also leaving after we made him an offer but he decided not to take it.”

However, the manager has managed to secure the services of Dundee United youngster Jordan Elverson and has signed up several key members from the championship winning squad.

He added: “Young Jordan Elverson has agreed terms and Keith Gibson, Stuart Malcolm, Kieran McAnespie, Lee Sibanda and Darren Hill have agreed along with myself.

“So we are moving forward and the rest of the players we are in talks with have been made offers so we are really just waiting on what they say.

“After that we will then look to bring in others.

“Next season we have eight Angus derbies on the cards after Brechin were unfortunately pipped to the post in the play-offs, which will be good for the clubs and the area.”