Reds sign striker Jackson

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BRECHIN City have strengthened their striking options ahead of the 2012-2013 campaign by signing former St. Johnstone and Morton player Andy Jackson.

The 24-year-old former Republic of Ireland youth internationalist spent a short spell with Forfar Athletic on loan while he was with St. Johnstone.

The striker is reds manager Jim Weir’s first new face as he builds for the season ahead.

Of course, a number of players from last year’s squad have already agreed new deals to remain at the Glebe - including Derek Carcary, Craig Nelson, Paul McLean, Gary Fusco, David McKenna, Craig Molloy, Gerry McLaughlan and Bryan Hodge.

Meanwhile, Paul McManus has signed for his former club East Fife.

Looking ahead to the new campaign, City now know all the teams they will face in the Scottish second division next season.

There will, of course, be a number of local derbies for the fans to look forward to, with Forfar Athletic and Arbroath still around.

Fears of long trips to Stranraer were dispelled when the men from Stair Park failed to get the better of Albion Rovers, in their bid to take the step up from the third division, while there will be no league journeys to the Rock in the campaign ahead, Dumbarton having got the better of Airdrie United in the bid to clinch a place in the first division.

That means the ten teams competing in next season’s Scottish second division are as follows:-

Brechin City, Forfar Athletic, Arbroath, Stenhousemuir, Airdrie United, Queen of the South, Albion Rovers, Alloa Athletic, Ayr United and East Fife.