Brechin City manager Darren Dods is hoping to run the rule over a number of potential new acquisitions during Wednesday’s friendly with Aberdeen at Glebe Park.
The Dons come visiting just over a week after City began pre-season training as part of their preparation for European football.
I’d have liked to have a full squad behind me but you don’t always get that.Darren Dods
Dods admitted he’d rather have a full squad to choose from ahead of the fixture, but the new City boss won’t have that luxury with a number of his targeted players still on holiday.
And some of those who have agreed terms with Brechin are abroad as well.
Darren said: “From my point of view it’s not ideal to be just through the door then we’re playing Aberdeen next week. Some of the boys that have signed on from last year are actually still on holiday. Some of the guys I’m interested in bringing in are on holiday as well.
“It’s a case of maybe trying to get some people in to have a look at them during the game. It’s a good thing for the club to have the game. I’ll look at bringing guys in for it to have a look over them. It’s going to be a good challenge.
“Usually you start with an opponent from a lower league but this will be a good challenge as my first test. I’d have preferred to go into it with more of a full squad behind me, having brought new players in and the signed players available. But you don’t always get that. It’s pre-season so it’s just about building up the fitness.
“A few of the lads I’m keen are on holiday and you find that some people from full-time teams are still waiting for another full-time team to come in for them. You often have to wait until the middle of July to try and pick them up because they’re still hoping they can stay full-time.”
Dods last week revealed his assistant will be former City striker Lee Bailey.
Lee played for the club from 1999 to 2001.
Darren believes the mix of defensive and attacking experience on his management team will be very helpful.
He added: “Lee’s my number two. I’ve known him for a while. He was actually at Hibs when I first started out there. We’ve come across each other on the different coaching courses we’ve been on.
“When he was a player he was a good striker with good movement. It gives us a good balance with me being a defender all my days. It’s a different option for coaching.
“Craig Nelson will be goalkeeping coach.”