Bollan goes back to old club for new faces

Peterhead's David Cox gets away from Kris Faulds.
Peterhead's David Cox gets away from Kris Faulds.

Forfar boss Gary Bollan has turned to some familiar faces as he seeks to rebuild his squad after relegation from League One.

The Loons boss made his first close season signing of the summer by returning to Airdrie to snap up midfielder Jamie Bain.

And he followed that up by two more of his former players at Airdrie, strikers David Cox and Jim Lister.

Bain, from Airdrie, has signed a two-year deal at Station Park, having been with his hometown club since 2008, making over 130 appearances.

Frontman Cox (27) has also penned a two-year contract while Lister (35) has joined his old boss on a one-year deal.

Cox began his senior career with Kilmarnock and has since enjoyed spells at Montrose, Annan Athletic, Alloa Athletic and Peterhead before joining Airdrie at the start of last season.

Fellow striker Lister has been with Airdrie since 2013, having previously played for Berwick Rangers, Alloa Athletic, Brechin City and Dumbarton.

Both will join their new team mates for pre-season training which gets under way in just four weeks’ time.

Another player who will be there is Forfar’s longest serving player Martyn Fotheringham.

The 33-year-old midfielder, who joined Forfar from Cowdenbeath in 2007, has agreed a new one-year contract which will see him complete his 10th season with the club.

Other players from last season who remain under contract and will be back to help Forfar’s bid to bounce back at the first tine of asking are ’keeper Darren Hill, defenders Michael Travis, Tom O’Brien and Michael Kennedy, midfielder Danny Denholm and forwards Gavin Swankie and Kerr Hay.

New contract offers have been made to forwards Steven Craig, Andy Ryan, Craig Smith, Scott Smith and James Yates whose deals all ran out at the end of the season.

Discussions are also taking place with a number of members of the club’s under-20 squad.

But definitely departing are Iain Campbell, Michael Dunlop, Omar Kader, Gavin Malin, Gareth Rodger and Derek Young.

Kader, Dunlop and Malin have already signed deals to join former Forfar boss Dick Campbell at Arbroath.

Forfar have already lined up two pre-season friendlies against Highland League opposition at Station Park.

Brora Rangers will be the opponents on Saturday, July 2, and Inverurie Loco Works will make the journey down the A90 a week later on July 9.

Further fixtures are likely to be organised ahead of the start of the new-look League Cup which gets underway on July 16.