The waiting game

Brian Kerr tussles with Chris Templeman the last time the Lichties met Forfar at Gayfield in September. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Brian Kerr tussles with Chris Templeman the last time the Lichties met Forfar at Gayfield in September. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

ARBROATH boss Paul Sheerin says there will be no new signings at Gayfield until he frees up some room in his squad.

The manager is hopeful he can bring in one or two more faces before the end of this month’s transfer window.

But first he must wait until he can get some players off the wage bill before making any more signings.

Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport: “I have pretty much got to move some players on before any more come in.

“I would like to bring in one or two more players and I’m hopeful I can make some more additions to the squad by the end of January.

“It looks as though Darren Hill might sign for Forfar so that will be one away but it has been slow other than that.”

Although the boss did admit he was close to bringing a new player on board during the week.

He explained: “We were very close to completing a loan deal for a young player from Aberdeen but unfortunately it fell through.

“But I’m still hoping to bring in a wide left or right player.

“But we are happy with the signings we’ve made already as Chissy (Ross Chisholm) is somebody we know all about anyway and Graham Bayne is a great player to have around the club.

“And I’m sure they will enhance the squad.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Lichties will be hoping to get back to action after bad weather has meant the postponement of their last two fixtures.

A derby with local rivals Forfar awaits the Gayfield men and the club is very optimistic the game will go ahead.

The manager added: “I was down at the club on Tuesday night and the covers are down now so hopefully it will give the pitch some protection.

“We have still been preparing even though we haven’t had any games the past two weeks and we are ready to go.

“It’s all about trying to keep your fitness and edge but having games off over the winter is just part and parcel of the game up here.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Forfar come into the clash off the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of run away league leaders Queen of the South.

And the boss is relishing the chance to get back to action with a local derby.

He said: “It’s a massive game and I’ve said that time and time again the local rivalry always gives these matches an extra edge.

“Forfar might have a bit of an edge as they played last week but being at home should stand us in good stead.”