Forfar boss Dick Campbell: New signings make us even stronger

Thomas O'Brien in action for Cowdenbeath.
Thomas O'Brien in action for Cowdenbeath.

Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell thinks his squad is even stronger than last year’s that almost won promotion to the Championship.

The Station Park gaffer has brought in Iain Campbell, Bryan Hodge, Kevin Nicoll and Thomas O’Brien while saying farewell to Darren Dods, Stuart Malcolm, Stephen Husband and Omar Kader.

It’s an improvement to the squad adding the new signings.

Dick Campbell

Dick believes his additions make for a better team than he had at his disposal during the last campaign.

The veteran boss also said he’s eager to bring in a new striker, regardless of what happens with starlet Dale Hilson, with the youngster the subject of interest from Raith Rovers and Alloa Athletic after another impressive season with Forfar.

But he admitted that he expects to see his youngsters feature more regularly after the likes of Michael Kennedy, Kerr Hay and Craig Smith were so impressive in the final weeks of the season.

Campbell said: “Looking at the four boys I’ve brought in, they are in my opinion better than what’s gone out.

“For me it’s an improvement to the squad adding Iain Campbell, Bryan Hodge, Kevin Nicoll and Tam O’Brien.

“I think we’re needing one more striker. I’ve also got to make way for these young boys who did very well for us last year.

“I’m not getting carried away with myself but I still feel we’ve got to make for them.

“I’m generally very happy with what’s happening. With the players I’ve signed, I’ve got 20 players and I have a couple more irons in my fire.

“There’s not a lot of activity in the market but we’re very well forward. We’re very happy with where we are.

“If Dale goes part-time I’d imagine he’d go to us unless he can play in a higher league. I won’t put him under any pressure, it’s up to him.

“I’ll bring in a striker regardless of Dale’s future but I still have my loans to deal with as well.”