New signings to feature in opening pre-season game

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BRECHIN City kick-off their pre-season fixture schedule with a home game against Aberdeen FC on Thursday evening (tomorrow) and a few new faces will make an appearance in the game according to manager Jim Weir (writes Sarah McLean).

Brechin have continued to rebuild a side after five loan players departed the club and the contracts of six others came to an end.

Weir has brought in eight new players since the end of last season - Garry Brady, Paul McManus, Scott Buist, David Mcclune, Mick Dunlop, Jim Lister, Derek Carcary and Graham Weir.

Weir said: “Ideally we would have had a bit longer as the game has come up quickly.

“We’ve only really had double training sessions on Thursday and Saturday, but a couple missed Saturday because of a wedding.

“So it’s a wee bit early for us and the squad might be a bit light so there will be a few new faces for sure.”

The squad is set for a further boost, with the manager planning to bring in at least one more player before the start of the season.

Weir said: “I am looking to add one more to the squad but I won’t be rushing in and it might be a loan.

“We have two youngsters from the under 19s coming up and they have been training with us with a view to being in the first team squad. “

Meanwhile Brechin City have parted ways with top scorer Rory McAllister who has signed a lucrative deal with Peterhead.

Peterhead offered the 24-year-old a deal a few weeks ago but he also attracted attention from SPL clubs and from some over the border.

Despite the attention, and a confirmed offer from St Mirren, McAllister decided to stay part-time by dropping down to the third division and completing the third year of his plumbing apprenticeship.

Weir said: “I wish Rory all the best. I’m happy that he’s finishing his plumbing certificates because a business in Brechin looked after him well and he owed it to them to do that.

“In the early part of an apprenticeship it costs the business and it’s only in the last year an apprentice can start to make money.

“Even though he’s staying part-time we could never have got near to what Peterhead have offered.

“That’s not lack of ambition - it’s just being realistic.”

Admission to Thursday’s game is priced at £8 for adults, £4 for concessions (kick-off is at 7.45 pm).

Speaking on behalf of the club’s management committee, Grant Hood said: “It is our intention to open the 1983 hospitality lounge should there be sufficient demand.

“Entry will be priced at £20 per person and this is an ideal opportunity for those yet to make use of this facility to check it out and get a feel of the matchday atmosphere.”

Those interested should call the club’s commercial line on 07817 910548 or e-mail Grant directly via ghood@brechincityfc.com