Everything going according to plan

THE FORFAR Athletic squad continues to grow as manager Dick Campbell has completed the signing of goalkeeper Derek Soutar (writes Sarah McLean).

Soutar, an experienced 31-year-old, negotiated a release from Highland League side Formartine United to sign for Forfar last week.

Soutar began his began his senior career at Dens Park, being loaned out during his time with Dundee to both Brechin City and Alloa Athletic. He moved to Aberdeen in 2006 and after a two year spell at Pittodrie he moved on to Ross County and Dundee for a second spell before a brief flirtation in Cypriot football.

He then surprised many by joining ambitious Formartine in January 2011 on a 30 month contract.

Soutar, who made eleven appearances for the Scottish Under 21 side earlier in his career, has signed a two year deal at Station Park.

Left sided defender Iain Campbell has also agreed to extend his Station Park stay for a fourth season, signing a new one year contract.

Campbell is looking to boost his squad even further and revealed to the Dispatch as we went to press that he is currently in negotiations to bring at least one new player in this week.

The squad are currently in training and will continue tonight at the Bridge of Earn as they prepare for their first pre-season game next Tuesday against Montrose.

Campbell said: “I’m pretty upbeat and optimistic about it. There are no problems at the moment.”

Campbell is also anxious to learn the outcome of two meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday (today) of this week. As the SFL and SPL hold discussions about what to do with the newco Rangers there is the possibility that either Dunfermline Athletic or Dundee will take their place in the SPL. Campbell said: “I’m interested to find out what will happen in the cup.

“If Dunfermline go up then we will get Rangers but if Dundee go up then Brechin will get them.”

Campbell has also added a fifth pre-season joust with a visit to Riccarton to take on East of Scotland Premier League side Heriot Watt pencilled in for Thursday, July 19.

Meanwhile, a fair smattering of ‘Loons’ fans turned up on Saturday past to purchase their season tickets for the forthcoming season, with the first game on Station Park’s new 3G surface scheduled for a Ramsdens Cup visit from Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday, July 28.

Tickets will again be on sale at the Station Park office on Saturday, July 6 from 10am to 11am and on Monday, July 9 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.