2017/18 Preview – Forfar

After securing promotion, Gary Bollan has lost several key first team players. Will he be able to shape his squad back together in time for the new season commencing on Saturday? Here is my thoughts.

With the addition of Marc McCallum, the goalkeeping situation looks strong at Station Park, with Grant Adam also available for selection. This position has certainly been improved upon which ultimately will provide good competition and cover throughout the season.

Defensively, Forfar look not too bad. The Loons have added Simon Mensing which will provide needed experience to a talented back-line. With Michael Kennedy and Michael Travis there as well, the back-four looks sturdy with Jamie Bain filling in at right-back. My main concern, if I was a Forfar supporter would be at full-backs and where the cover is. I think this is an area in which Bollan will need to strengthen if Forfar are to have a successful campaign.

The midfield overall looks strong with the quality of signings this summer. Mark Millar and Dylan Easton will provide the creative spark in the middle with Scott McBride offering width on the wings. With reinforcements still likely, I would say the addition of another winger may be vital come the end of the season, with no real other options available, barring possibly David Cox.

Cox, and his former Airdrieoniians team-mate Jim Lister up front will cause issues with the addition of Ousman See from Edinburgh City making the front-line look strong.

In conclusion, I think the addition of two or three key players in vital areas will provide Forfar with the best chance of finishing in mid-table this season, but I cannot see the Loons challenging for the play-offs at the top end of the table.

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