Will Edinburgh City suffer “second season syndrome”, or will Gary Jardine’s side seal their place in the SPFL for a third season? This is my thoughts.
Welshman Calum Antell continues for Edinburgh City as Fraser Morton comes in. With Andrew Stobie moving on, it will give Antell a different partner to challenge him and this will see the competition increase as Morton looks to fight his way into the side, which can only be a good thing for City.
In defence, despite losing the experience of Joe Mbu, they have gained Bulgarian Zdravko Karadachki as well as holding onto experienced campaigners such as Jordan Caddow and Chris McKee; when you add in youngsters such as Sean Mackie, I think it is fair to say the defence is nearly complete, with maybe one more still to come in.
Analysing the midfield and I think there are a lot of optiions available. With the versatile Craig Thomson, he can also play full-back while Marc Laird and Josh Walker will drive the team forward from the middle of the park. Reece Glackin, Iain Smith and Gavin Malin will add creativity and bite to the midfield with a good balance brought in by Jardine.
Up front and Moses Olanrewaju and Lewis Allan have been brought in to aid the SPFL experience in a crucial position while Craig Beattie and fellow experienced campaigner Ashley Grimes will be the main focal points in attack.
I have been very impressed with Jardine’s signings so far and I suspect City may be a surprise package for a few this season. I expect Edinburgh City to finish at least in mid-table, but wouldn’t be surprised if they made a fight for the promotion play-offs.