Shock departures!

Darren Gribben could be set to leave the club.
Darren Gribben could be set to leave the club.

THE TRANSFER window is in full swing at Gayfield with another two players free to leave the club.

Manager Paul Sheerin revealed that both goalkeeper Darren Hill and forward Darren Gribben can go elsewhere.

The possible departures come at the end of a week during which former Lichtie Graham Bayne was added to the squad and ‘keeper Scott Morrison was given a contract extension until the end of the campaign.

Hill, who is one of the longest serving players, decided himself it was time to move on, while Gribben is thought to have caught the eye of East Stirling.

Although as both are under contract they will remain at Gayfield until they can find other clubs.

Mr Sheerin explained to HeraldSport: “I had a good chat with Darren Hill at training on Wednesday and after six seasons he feels it is time to go elsewhere.

“With Gribben we understand that East Stirling are interested and as it is about shuffling the pack he becomes an asset.

“I’m delighted to have brought in Graham Bayne as we tried to get him in the summer but he wasn’t able to join due to work commitments.

“And then with Scott he has been brilliant since he came into the club and I think all he needed was a run of games.

However, one player who won’t be on the move, for now at least is Steven Doris, who spent last week on trial with English Championship side Birmingham City.

The 24-year-old is said to have impressed Blues’ manager Lee Clark but it seems they are not willing to put up the money to sign him during the January transfer window.

However, it has been reported the Midlands club want to keep an eye on Doris and could possibly swoop for him in the summer when the striker becomes a free agent.

The boss added: “Birmingham are pleading poverty so it looks like they won’t be making a bid.

“I’m sure this isn’t affecting Doris because he is not like that. He just knuckles down and gives everything he has got.”

After a late call saw Saturday’s home fixture against Alloa Athletic postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the Lichties will be hoping another band of wintry weather does not affect tomorrow’s clash.

The Gayfield men are due to travel to Stranraer and they are keen to avoid any postponement, which would mean a re-arranged fixture midweek.