Double disappointment for Darren Dods as Tapping heads to Queen of the South

Darren Dods and his assistant Lee Bailey.

Darren Dods and his assistant Lee Bailey.

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Brechin City boss Darren Dods was dealt a double blow after losing out on long-term transfer target Callum Tapping and a key friendly.

Tapping this week agreed a contract with Championship club Queen of the South, leaving Dods searching for a creative midfielder to keep his side ticking.

Saturday’s game at Raith Rovers offered the gaffer a chance to run the rule over a number of trialists - as well as the players he’s already agreed deals with like James Dale and Dene Shields - but that fixture was cancelled after heavy rain bombarded the newly-laid Starks Park pitch.

Darren admitted it’s a frustrating turn of events but said he wishes Callum all the best at the Dumfries club, tipping the midfielder to go to the top of the game.

The boss added that he would never stand in the way of a player seeking a move to full-time football.

Dods said: “It’s disappointing to see Callum go to Queen of the South. But it’s full-time football and having spoken to him, it’s what he wanted.

“He always wanted to go back to full-time and he’s still young, so playing in the Championship really puts him into the visibility.

“There’s really no reason he can’t progress up into the Premiership. In the sessions he worked with us he showed a great attitude.

“It’s upsetting that we won’t be getting to work with him for the rest of the season but I’m not going to stand in his way if there’s full-time football on offer.

“It’s where everyone wants to go, it’s a good opportunity for him.

“He still worked really hard with us and he wished us all the best.

“So we’re sorry to see him go but wish him well for the future. Now with Callum going we’re looking for a creative midfielder who will add something in there.”

City will face Spartans on Thursday night in Edinburgh in a quickly-scheduled game before they host Highland League outfit Deveronvale on Saturday.

Formartine United are the visitors to Glebe Park on Tuesday evening - kick-off at 7.45 pm - before Paul Hartley brings his Dundee outfit to Brechin on Saturday 18.