Forfar West End player-manager Daryl McKenzie has added two new players to his promotion-winning side ahead of their return to the East Region Premier League this season.
John Farquharson and Craig Logan have joined West End from recently relegated Kirrie Thistle, joining Darryl Burns, Derek Patterson and Craig Stephen as the club’s new recruits.
McKenzie was thrilled with the edge of experience he’s managed to add to the team and while he continues to work on securing the signature of a new striker, he admits he isn’t stressing about that too much because he’s already content with the squad at his disposal.
He told the Dispatch: “I’m really happy to get John and Craig confirmed. They bring a wealth of experience to the squad. John’s played in this league on three separate occasions and Craig was part of the old West End team with myself that came through the leagues before. They’re good, hard working boys and we’re happy to have them around. They bring quality, experience and ambition.
“We’re looking for one more and we made some good in-roads at the weekend with either a potential loan or signing a player from another team. We’re really relaxed about adding that one and that’s all we’re looking for. There’s one specific position we’re looking to develop and add some competition for but if we don’t get it we’ll still be happy with what we’ve got.
“We’ve got a good mixture of experience and youngsters. I think we’ve got experience in the right positions, central defence, central midfield and up front. There’s youth out wide, going forward and at full back.”
Player-coach John Cairney said that the management team had to add to the squad because of the significant step-up in quality, but he believes the players are of the right quality needed.
He said: “It’s a good mix of experience and youth. We did have to add to the squad, especially with the step up because there are teams in this league that are spending some very big money.
“It’s going to be tough to compete but if we’ve gone and got players that want to come into the club and show that what they can do, so it will bode well for us.”