Iain Campbell expects fierce competition from youngsters like Kennedy and Hay

Iain Campbell. (Photo - Christopher Coutts)

Iain Campbell. (Photo - Christopher Coutts)

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Iain Campbell expects fierce competition from youngster Michael Kennedy as the duo compete for a starting berth at Forfar Athletic.

Yano has signed on for a third spell with the Loons following a successful loan period with the Station Park club last season.

The young boys like Kerr and Michael have come back to pre-season flying, so hopefully they’ll put pressure on us for places.

Iain Campbell

And Iain, who played for Forfar from 2009-2014 before moving to Cowdenbeath this time last year, believes Kennedy and his fellow former U20s teammates will offer serious competition for places throughout the team.

Iain said: “I’m looking to help Michael as much as I can. He’ll have ambitions to put pressure on me for the left back spot and I’ll be helping him along with his game. He’s a good guy and a level-headed boy, he did well when he came in at the end of the season. I thought the two home games he was excellent.

“The young boys like Kerr and Michael have come back to pre-season flying, so hopefully they’ll put pressure on us for places.”

Kennedy joined Kerr Hay, Cameron Clark, James Yates and Jason King in agreeing pro terms with the club earlier this month.

And Campbell, who is one of four new additions to the squad alongside Bryan Hodge, Kevin Nicoll and Thomas O’Brien, believes the refreshed squad has to look at winning the League One title - but won’t be getting ahead of themselves.

He said: “We’ve kept most of the squad together and we’ve added a few boys who improve us. Dunfermline will be a big improvement on last year and Ayr have been spending some money, so they’ll definitely improve after a good season.

“I think after last season we could easily get ahead of ourselves. We obviously want to win the league but the other teams will be stronger too.”

Season ticket prices at Station Park have been held at the same level for the fifth consecutive season and they will be on sale at the ground before the friendly with Buckie Thistle.

The 1984 Lounge will be open at Saturday’s game for the sale of refreshments from 1.30 pm to 3pm.

Forfar have been drawn at home against Angus rivals Montrose in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup.

The game takes place on July 25 at Station Park.