Sheerin: We’re ready to go

Striker Steven Doris, who attracted interest after his performances against Celtic, is yet to decide his future.
Striker Steven Doris, who attracted interest after his performances against Celtic, is yet to decide his future.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin says he is itching to get back to work with league fixtures being announced and training starting on Monday.

The Lichties must report back next week and have a little under two weeks to prepare before their first friendly against Craigroyston on July 6.

And with the Gayfield men learning that they will start their Second Division campaign with a home match against Ayr United on August 10, the boss can’t wait to get started.

He told HeraldSport: “It’s crazy that pre-season is coming around again so soon, but once you look at the fixtures, you can’t wait to get started.

“I think it is getting to the stage now where you just want to get back to it.

“Pre-season isn’t always the greatest time but it is just something that has to be done.

“We will train Monday and Wednesday and then a double session in Arbroath next Saturday and hopefully that will set us up well.”

As well as the league fixtures revealing that the Gayfield men will start their campaign at home, it also provides them with an early trip to East End Park to face Dunfermline.

The first derby will be against Brechin City on August 31 and the first visit to Ibrox to face Rangers will be on September 14.

The Glasgow men will make their first visit of the season to Gayfield on November 23.

Mr Sheerin added: “You always look to start the campaign at home so we are lucky there although we will have to see what the cup draws bring.

“Looking at the fixtures there really won’t be any easy games with the likes of Rangers and Dunfermline and then teams like Stenhousemuir and Brechin who have spent a bit of money.

“But we will want to be challenging for play-offs again.

“We will obviously look forward to the trip to East End Park, as it is a great ground to play at and of course the trips to Ibrox to play in front of big crowds.”

On the signing front things have been quiet over the past week although the boss admits he hopes to have more to report early next week.

He explained: “I have been speaking to people and I hope to have another signing tied up by Monday night.

“We are still waiting to hear what Steven Doris wants to do and hopefully we can also clear that up by the end of next week and things will be a bit more concrete.

“But with Doris and Colin Hamilton it is just a waiting game.

“Big Hammy seems keen to go on trial at Notts County but if he does move obviously there will be the compensation issue with that.”