Dene Shields joins Brechin City as James Dale deal is imminent

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Darren Dods made his first signing as Brechin City boss this week as he confirmed the arrival of experienced forward Dene Shields.

The 32-year-old forward impressed in the 8-2 friendly defeat to Aberdeen and earned himself a return to Scottish football after a spell in Malta with Xewkija Tigers.

Shields scored 36 goals in 32 games for Tigers, who play in the Gozo First Division, and Dods will hope he can be close to replicating that form.

A deal has been agreed with former Forfar Atletic midfielder James Dale - another stand-out from the Aberdeen game - but that has yet to be finalised.

Callum Tapping also remains in talks with the club as Dods looks to build his squad for his first tilt at management.

The manager said: “I’ve got Dene Shields signed up. We had a few trialists playing so we’re still looking to get moving on. With Dene signing and James that’d take us up to 11 players signed ahead of the Raith Rovers game on Saturday.”

One player who won’t be involved in the trip to face Ray McKinnon’s Rovers is Ryan Ferguson, who this week agreed terms with Montrose.

The 23-year-old midfielder had made more than 20 appearances for City last season after signing a permanent deal following a loan spell from Dundee United.

Ryan featured in the Aberdeen game as a trialist as did a number of others that Dods cast his eye over.

The manager said after the game that he would continue to monitor a number of those trialists in the coming days and weeks.

And the ex-Forfar defender added that the game was a worthwhile exercise for himself and his players, despite the game coming so early in pre-season and the heavy defeat.

Darren said: “It was a very worthwhile exercise.

“It’s a disappointing scoreline and I do think some of them were avoidable. There were some good performances in amongst that.

“There’s a few lads we’ll be looking to keep on and sign them up.

“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.

“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.”

The supporters’ bus for the Raith Rovers game leaves the square at 10.30 on Saturday morning.

To secure a seat call Steven Stewart at 07547 552209.

City have been drawn to face Peterhead at home in the Petrofac Training Cup.

The game takes place on July 25.