Around the grounds

Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon wasted no time in making preparations for the new season, confirming the retention of nine players while releasing six others, writes Scott Binnie.

Signing on for the 2014/15 campaign are Bobby Barr, Ryan Ferguson, Andy Jackson, Steven Jackson, Paul McLean, Craig Molloy, Robert Thomson, Ben Tough and Alan Trouten.

Those players now looking for new clubs are Jonny Brown, Derek Carcary, Graham Hay, Gary Kenneth, Ewan Moyes and Steven Robb with Darren Petrie returning to parent club Dundee United after his loan spell expired.

Arbroath player-manager Paul Sheerin is getting a squad together for League Two after the Red Lichties’ final day relegation last week.

Captain Ross Chisholm is the biggest name on the list of departures, joining Johny Lindsay, Lari Yao and Alex Keddie all making their way out of Gayfield Park for pastures new.

Sheerin has offered terms to Ricky Little, David Banjo, Paul McManus and Kenny Deuchar as well as re-signing as a player himself.

New Montrose gaffer George Shields rewarded two of the side’s most promising youngsters with professional contracts this week.

Strikers Kyle McLeod, 17, and Declan Milne, 16, have signed two year contracts with the Gable Endies.

Kyle is a pupil at Montrose Academy while Declan attends Bridge of Don Academy in Aberdeen.

Both of the teens made the substitutes’ bench for Montrose’s final league game of the season against East Stirlingshire.

Forfar Athletic boss Dick Campbell started his preparations for the next season by signing winger Danny Denholm for a second time.

The former University of Stirling star returns to Station Park after a year with Livingston in the Championship.

Confirmed as remaining with the Loons is defender Stuart Malcolm, who has agreed a one year extension to his contract despite speculation that he could be going elsewhere.

Forfar continue to prepare for their new hospitality suite that will mean an extra lounge on match days, and the club is looking for fans who wish to be match day hosts next season.