2017/18 Preview – Arbroath

With an impressive list of signings this summer, Arbroath may be able to find themselves riding high in League One this term. Here is my overview of their summer dealings so far.

After only losing 2 main first-team players this summer – both to Stenhousemuir – it has been an impressive recruitment drive by Arbroath in the close-season.

The goalkeeping position has been strengthened with David Hutton joining from Dunfermline to add competition to Ricky Gomes, with the Canadian being reasonably comfortable as number one last term.

In defence, despite Jassem Suker and Matty Smyth’s lon deals expiring, they have recruited well; the versatile Thomas O’Brien has joined, giving them options in the middle of the park too, With the lack of full-backs in the squad, I feel this is now the main priority of Dick Campbell to complete his squad for the season ahead. While David Gold has fitted in well to the right-back role, I feel a more natural full-back can be brought in, while Colin Hamilton’s versatility means he may also be needed to play at centre-half. If a full-back who can play either side, or one of each, can be brought in, then I feel the Red Lichties squad would be strong and will easily compete in this division

The midfield sees an array of talent – from Ryan McCord and Mark Whatley in the middle to Bobby Linn and Gavin Swankie out wide. This is the strongest area of the team and Campbell will have plenty options to choose form. The addition of Blair Yule may also show the ambition of the club, as full-time sides were after him.

With Steven Doris and Bryan Prunty as the main front pairing, the experience from back-to-front is evident. As previously stated, I think the squad is strong right now and will easily finish mid-table, but the addition of a couple of more defenders – likely to be full-backs – then I feel the squad would be in a position, with ample cover and competition to compete fully over a season, with the potential of sneaking into the top four come the end of the season, too.

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