Two more new faces join Gayfield Influx

Pic Lisa McPhillips 19/10/2013
Scottish Championship, Falkirk FC v Dumbarton FC
Dunbarton Bryan Prunty and Falkirks Stephen Kingsley
Pic Lisa McPhillips 19/10/2013 Scottish Championship, Falkirk FC v Dumbarton FC Dunbarton Bryan Prunty and Falkirks Stephen Kingsley

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell has signed up another two players for next season, bringing the total number of new recruits so far to six.

Ex-Aberdeen striker Bryan Prunty was announced as Campbell’s fifth signing of the summer last Thursday, May 12, via the clubs Twitter account.

Former Arbroath defender Colin Hamilton was then welcomed back to the club the following day after a one year spell away from Gayfield with Brechin City.

The pair will join other new recruits Steven Doris, Omar Kader, Michael Dunlop and Gavin Malin along with the rest of the squad and the Lichties boss isn’t done yet.

“I’ll be looking to bring in four more signed players to the squad.

“We’re in the market for a goalkeeper, centre half and striker who I’m hoping to have signed in the next two to three weeks.

“I’ve also been promised a few loan players but the senior clubs wont be looking to let these guys leave until August and with the season start date being pushed forward it means we need to have a squad ready before then.”

Hamilton, who started his career with Hearts, made 67 appearances for Arbroath between 2012 and 2014 before moving to Brechin.

“Hamilton is someone I’ve been after since day one.” Said Campbell.

“He’s an out and out winger, a quality player with real pace but he can also play left back and left centre half.

“He had better offers on the table but chose to come to Arbroath which speaks volumes about him and about how he feels about this club.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have beaten the competition to sign him.”

Bryan Prunty was a product of the Celtic youth system.

After being release by the Glasgow giants, he spent a season with Aberdeen where he scored the equaliser against his old team in a famous 2-1 win for the Dons at Celtic Park.

The attacker has since turned out for seven other clubs in Scotland including Inverness, Ayr United, Dumbarton and most recently Airdrieonians.

“I don’t feel we have enough experience in the make up of the squad.” Said Campbell.

“So that was the main reason for bringing in Prunty, but he too is also a quality player.

“He’s very intelligent and a proven goal scorer which you can see in his record.

“He’ll bring a lot to the squad and I’m delighted to have him.

“I’m not just here to stabilise Arbroath, I’m here to win championships and bringing in players of this quality is exactly how we can do that.”

Campbell has also intimated that he has extended the contract of Craig Johnstone until Christmas.