Denholm: Malcs will bring the leadership Forfar need

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Danny Denholm was thrilled to see old teammate Stuart Malcolm rejoin Forfar Athletic last month.

The popular winger believes the towering centre half will bring the kind of leadership and experience that the side has been desperately missing out on, ever since Malcolm left the Loons a year ago.

Forfar’s defence was plagued by injuries and suspensions all season and that was undoubtedly a key factor in the relegation of a side who never struggled to get goals themselves.

And with the additions of players like Jim Lister and David Cox, Denholm doesn’t foresee the team worrying about firepower in League Two.

He said: “Jim Lister has always been a threat when he’s played Forfar and Cox is a menace as well. Malcolm back is excellent so I’m delighted with that.

“I think we maybe lacked a bit of leadership last season at the back and he brings plenty.

“He’s no nonsense and a great communicator, which will make a big difference.

“There’s been a few boys out the door as well and I think the gaffer is putting his stamp on things now. He’s making his own signings so I think we’ll see a Gary Bollan team next season, whatever that may be.

“We’ll see some of it in the pre-season friendlies.

“We were a bit short of attacking options when we signed Andy Ryan and Steven Craig. It’s good we’ve got options up top now with Lister, Swankie and Cox.

“It’ll be tough but we’ll be one of the favourites and I think we’ll be right up there at the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Forfar Athletic directors have taken the decision that season tickets from next season will only be valid for the 18 home league games and friendlies.

This in fact brings the club in line with the vast majority of SPFL clubs.

Last term season tickets also allowed admission to League and Challenge Cup games, but not Scottish Cup ties or Play-Off fixtures.

The complexities of the method of gate sharing at all cup ties now makes it financially impossible for the club to continue with that.