Loons boss optimistic

FORFAR Athletic manager Dick Campbell has already done much to strengthen his squad for the new season and he says he’s not finished yet (writes Sarah McLean).

Keith Gibson, Gavin Swankie and Charlie King have already put pen to paper and the manager says there are more in the pipeline.

Charlie King, who was at close rivals Brechin for 10 years before joining Forfar Athletic earlier this month, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be at Forfar. Obviously I’m sad to be leaving Brechin but I’m looking forward to the fresh challenge.

“This is the first pre-season in a long time that I have really been looking forward to and it’s great to be back working with Dick, Ian and John. “

It was Dick Campbell who brought King to Brechin originally and he is pleased to be back working with his former manager, King added: “Without getting too soppy, I really missed the big guy and I really enjoyed working with him all those years ago.”

With the squad back in training, Campbell had six or seven new faces on Tuesday night where he intended to decide on whether they would enhance the team.

Of the signings so far, Campbell said: “Bringing Swankie here was a magnificent effort from the club and it’s excellent from Forfar’s point of view.

“I’m also very happy about bringing Keith Gibson here. I tried to get him before he went to Arbroath two or three years ago.”

Of Charlie King, Campbell said: “The quality is there for all to see.”

Campbell also hopes to bring in a couple of loan signings, and says there is the possibility of Nicky Low and Joe Shaughnessy coming back for another year.

Forfar Athletic will begin their season with a Ramsdens Cup draw against Dunfermline Athletic.

The first round tie will take place on Saturday, July 28 at Station Park with kick-off at 3pm, a week before the Second Division gets underway.

The first game for the Loons will be an away trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South on Saturday, August 11.

At home, Forfar Athletic will entertain Airdrie United on Saturday, August 18.

The first derby game for Forfar will come halfway through September when Brechin go to Station Park on Saturday 15. A week later the second derby of the season comes with a trip to Gayfield to face Arbroath on September 22.

Over the Christmas period, Forfar will see two home games and one away trip to Alloa Athletic on Wednesday, December 26.

Over New Year, East Fife will travel to Station Park on Saturday, December 29. Brechin City will also visit Station Park for their third meeting of the season and first game of 2013 on Wednesday, June 2.

Forfar will finish their league season at home against Ayr United on Saturday, May 4.