Dods’ signature and silverware haul

12/05/16 '  LADBROKES PLAYER AND MANAGER OF THE MONTH '  GLEBE PARK - CUMBERNAULD '  Manager of the Month for April, Brechin City's Darren Dods
12/05/16 ' LADBROKES PLAYER AND MANAGER OF THE MONTH ' GLEBE PARK - CUMBERNAULD ' Manager of the Month for April, Brechin City's Darren Dods

Manager of the month Darren Dods has made his first swoops of the summer, and he’s planning several more.

After securing survival earlier this month, in the past week the Glebe park boss has picked up silverware AND some signatures ahead of next season’s tilt at the SPFL League One.

Dods has signed Ally Love from this year’s surprise package Albion Rovers and Chris O’Neill who played last season at Airdrie.

They supplement a squad which Dods has already secured the likes of Gary Fusco, Andy Jackson and Paul McLean.

He added: “I’m hopeful we can have Darren McCormack’s contract signed shortly too.

“We are working hard behind the scenes to get players in but it is still early.

“I am keen to get some business done just now though, but with other players we are waiting to hear back and they will be hanging on too. There is still a lot up in the air at this time of a close season, players will quite rightly hang on to assess their options and some will be keeping their options open incase full-time football becomes available to them.

“We are keen to get players in and have been speaking to a few but with others it’s a case of wait and see.”

As well as the captures of Love and O’Neill Dods is also believed to be speaking to other League One players and some out of contract stars from the SPFL Championship.

Whoever comes in will be joining a squad which has progressively improved over Dods’ first season in charge, ending on a high note by securing their league status.

Brechin’s good form towards the end of the season which secured their survival also won Dods the Ladbrokes Manager of the Month award for April. And it was a double celebration as Robert Thomson, who inspired the club to four wins from five, landed the Player of the Month award too.

The boss said: “I’m delighted. It was a really good end to the season and great to win the award.

“We went on a brilliant run over the last two months and achieved our aim of keeping ourselves in the division.

“The players kept momentum and confidence that we were going to do it.

“If that run had came at Christmas time, we’d have been in a good position going into the last quarter of the season to go and challenge for the play-offs.

“We stayed up, but, from the greedy side, we wish we still had seven or eight games to go now to see where we could have got to.”

Preparations have not stopped at players either. Brechin have announced their first pre-season friendly this week.

SPFL Premiership runners-up Aberdeen will head for Glebe Park on June 26 for the challenge match. Kick off is 2pm.