Eight new faces at Glebe Park

WITHOUT doubt Brechin City manager Jim Weir has been by far the busiest manager in the Scottish second division ahead of the new season.

As the reds continue the rebuilding process after narrowly missing out on promotion to the first division - going down to Ayr United in a closely contested play-off final - there have been quite a number of comings and goings over the last couple of weeks.

With the five loan players having departed the scene and the contracts of six others coming to an end, the Brechin boss has wasted little time in bringing in replacements.

The latest players to join up include central midfielder Garry Brady, striker Paul McManus and defender Scott Buist.

Brady, whose younger brother Darren plays for Forfar Athletic, was handed a free transfer by the Buddies, while Paul McManus brings plenty of experience to the Glebe, having played for East Fife, Raith Rovers, Stranraer and Albion Rovers.

More recently, NcManus has been playing with Hibernians FC of Malta and he will join his new team-mates when pre-season training begins within the next couple of weeks.

Scott Buist is a big defender, who had spells with Alloa Athletic and Stirling Albion.

The trio will join the five other new faces in the shape of former Alloa Athletic trio David McClune, Mick Dunlop and Jim Lister, Derek Carcary of Dumbarton and ex-Hearts and Raith Rovers front man Graham Weir.

Of the players who have moved on, midfielder Jamie Redman has joined Peterhead, while East Fife are reported to have signed Andrew Cook and David White.

It’s also likely that the top marksman of the last two seasons, Rory McAllister, will be heading for pastures new, although to which club remains a guessing game.