Seven up for Weir

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Brechin City manager Jim Weir has spent a busy few weeks in the transfer market, securing seven new signings (writes Amanda Taylor).

Weir has secured the services of Alan Trouten, Ryan Stewart, Michael Andrews, Jonny Stewart, Aaron Murdoch, Johnny Brown and former Brechin City Youth U-19 player Ben Tough for the 2012-2013 season.

Speaking ahead of the friendly against SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Tuesday evening (last night), Weir said: “I have got a great group of players with a good work ethic.

“The hard work is still going on to get everyone up to match fitness.”

The new signings bring the squad total to 17, with 14 outfield players and three goalkeepers.

Weir said: “We have a couple of youngsters who will be good squad players.

“Jonny Stewart got great experience playing in the Hearts youth set up and Trouten has got great experience in this league and experience in getting out of it too.

“He will bring pace that was maybe lacking last season.”

Weir was also positive about the return of Derek Carcary, who missed much of last season through injury.

He commented: “Having Derek back will be like having a new signing.

“He was missed last season and we missed having a natural wide player.”

Despite losing three-one to Queens Park on Saturday, Weir was positive about the playing style, adding: “Hopefully we can continue to play exciting football. We want to be adventurous.”

Speaking about the Ramsden Cup tie against crisis hit Rangers, Weir said: “The players are getting a big lift from it.

“It looks set to be a full house, with television coverage. It is great for the players, fans and everyone associated with the club. It’s a big game and then we are away to Stenhousemuir in the league cup then home to Albion Rovers in the league, so it’s a big month for the club. We need a decent start after last season.”