Darren Dods felt his side’s friendly with Aberdeen was a very worthwhile exercise as he got a good look at a number of trialists.
Adam Rooney hit a hat-trick as the Dons ran out 8-2 winners in an exciting game at Glebe Park on Wednesday evening.
We’re really keen to get James Dale signed here. I think he’d definitely add something to our team.Darren Dods
Andy Jackson and Robert Thomson scored two good goals for the hosts but Ryan Jack, Peter Pawlett, Shay Logan, Jonny Hayes and Michael Rose added to Rooney’s trio of goals for a romping victory.
Dods felt a number of the goals were avoidable but wasn’t too concerned by the scoreline, given his side was composed of mainly trialists with little pre-season training behind them.
The boss said: “It was a very worthwhile exercise. Aberdeen passed the ball about very well and they did cause us problems.
“It’s a disappointing scoreline and I do think some of them were avoidable. There were some good performances in amongst that.
“They’ve been back for a while and they know each others’ games, we’ve had a bunch of trialists out there and some of them didn’t know each other until they were in the changing room before the game. A few of the boys showed up really well.
“There’s a few lads we’ll be looking to keep on and sign them up. We’ve got some players to come back, Smith and Molloy and then McLean is injured.
“We play Raith Rovers a week on Saturday so that gives us a good few sessions to get things settled.”
Two players who have been offered deals are Callum Tapping, as reported in the Brechiner this week, and former Forfar Athletic midfielder James Dale, who impressed in a cameo appearance against the Dons.
Darren is eager to secure the services of both players, with the duo looking very effective in an energetic midfield partnership on Wednesday.
He said: “Tapping did well, he looks very fit. He’s all but signed and we’re nearly there. Hopefully we get him tied up. If we keep him fit, you saw his quality in a game like that. He didn’t look out of place. He performs a good role for us and he linked up well with Andy Jackson, who had a good game as well and looked very sharp.
“We’re really keen to get James Dale signed here. He came on trial when I was at Falkirk and he’s a very dynamic player, he gives us another dimension and he’s got a lot of energy in there. We’re in the process of sorting a deal with him. I think he’d definitely add something to our team.
“There were high energy levels in the middle with him and Tapping and they seemed to link well.”
Other trialists included former Alloa Athletic player Jonathan Tiffoney, ex-Montrose duo Jordan Allan and Craig Johnstone, and well-travelled forward Dene Shields.