Around the grounds

There have been a couple of comings and goings already during the close season so far as the local SFL clubs look towards preparing for 2013/14.

Forfar Athletic have lost Danny Denholm to Livingston.

Just 12 months after making the step up to senior football the winger will be playing First Division football next season.

Denholm featured in 30 games last term, scoring 10 times for the Loons.

Lee Wilkie has left Montrose after only a season as assistant manager to devote more time to his full-time career and family.

Meanwhile, Montrose boss Stuart Garden has secured youngster Ricky McIntosh who made a great impact while on loan at the club from St Johnston last year.

However, new contracts were not offered to defender Phil McGuire, midfielder Craig McLeish or forward Scott Morton.

It is still uncertain whether club captain Paul Lunan will remain next season.

At Arbroath former Dundee and St Johnstone striker Steven Milne has signed up for this season after putting pen to paper last Tuesday.

Lichties boss Paul Sheerin is still waiting to hear back from Colin Hamilton and Steven Doris, the only two players from last season’s squad who have not accepted or rejected a new deal.

At Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon has signed up more players for the new season.

Current players Graham Hay and Greg Cameron have put pen to paper together with 27-year-old midfielder Stuart Anderson who joins from Raith Rovers having also played for Southampton, Blackpool, Ross County,Livingston, Peterhead, and Salisbury Town.

Meanwhile at Brechin, the club are pulling out all the stops to make improvements to the pitch after last season’s numerous winter call-offs.

The club embarked on a major pitch improvement programme with contractors starting work on the playing surface on Monday, May 27.

The works include the removal of the top pitch layer, installation of a new drainage system across the whole pitch, and of course levelling and re-seeding of a new grass surface.