The junior football season may have only officially ended on June 15, but Arbroath Vics began their pre-season preparations the weekend after.
Most of last season’s squad have re-signed with the exception of David McLeish and Paul Tosh who have both decided to retire and Liam Campbell, who is considering his options due to work commitments, which see him working outwith the Tayside area.
Assistant manager Arthur Walker has also decided to call it a day on the footballing front, having been with Jake Ferrier since the pair of them took over at Ogilvy Park, having joined up from Carnoustie Panmure.
This season sees the East Region operate four leagues of 16 teams encompassing a Super League, Premier League, North League and South League.
Vics find themselves in the North League along with the majority of teams who were in the division last season. However, to make the numbers up to 16, Perthshire sides Scone Thistle and Luncarty are back in the fold having spent several years in the Central League. Further newcomers to the division are Fife sides Thornton Hibs, Newburgh and Lochore Welfare who were also in the Central League last season.
The final team to make up the division is Kennoway Star Hearts also from Fife. The Fife based side is an amalgamation of two teams, Kennoway Amateurs and Star Hearts who played in the amateur leagues last season and were admitted into the junior ranks at the SJFA annual general meeting in Aberdeen.
Vics have already fixed up pre-season friendlies with some attractive opposition checking in at Ogilvy Park.
Friendlies arranged so far are: Saturday, July 20, Stonehaven Amateurs (home); Monday, July 22, Broughty Athletic (away); Saturday, July 27, Camelon (home); Tuesday, July 30, Arbroath HSFP (home); Saturday, August 3, Tayport (home)
Saturday fixtures are scheduled to kick-off at 2.30 p.m. with midweek matches commencing at 7 p.m.