Hilson coming home?

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Forfar Athletic boss Dick Campbell is in advanced talks to sign striker Dale Hilson on a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old forward was recently released by Dundee United after spending three years on loan at Station Park - remarkably amassing over 100 appearances for the Loons despite not actually having signed for them.

No contract has yet been signed but Campbell is excited by the potential move.

He told the Dispatch: “We’re very far down with the line with Dale. I’ve been working really hard on it and it will be a magnificent signing for Forfar. Dale has played over 100 games for us. I can’t believe more full time teams weren’t in for him. It’ll be a fantastic signing, I’m absolutely delighted. He gives you that added excitement, he’s got pace and runs at people and I’m sure the fans will be delighted if he returns.”

One player that has signed for Forfar is Derek Young, the former Aberdeen and Partick Thistle midfielder, who played under Campbell at the Jags in 2006/07.

The manager was delighted to secure the 33-year-old’s signature on a two-year deal.

Campbell said: “Derek is a fantastic signing. I know him from my Partick Thistle days, he’s a good lad and a great pro. He’s moving back up to Aberdeen and he had a few options to go elsewhere. It’s a two-year deal at 33 but you see right away what his strengths are. This is the first time he’s ever been part time. He’s hungry and I’ve always known that.”

Dick confirmed that the Loons will be playing Preston Athletic at Spartans’ Ainslie Park home on Saturday before they host Inverurie Loco Works on Tuesday evening.

They follow that up with a game with Livingston on Thursday before Falkirk and Dundee United visit Station Park the following week.