Murray can’t wait to get going

Simon Murray in action for Tayport during his spell at Canniepairt.
Simon Murray in action for Tayport during his spell at Canniepairt.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin has made his first signing for the new season by bringing in Simon Murray, who is currently playing for Dundee Violet.

Murray (21), the son of former Montrose favourite Gary, put pen to paper for the Lichties on Thursday evening.

And the striker celebrated by netting a hat-trick for the Pansies against Bathgate Thistle on Saturday.

Murray began his career as a youth player with his dad’s former club, Montrose.

He was sent on loan to Downfield and scored 20 goals before Christmas. However, he was allowed to leave Links Park and went on to play for Tayport where he was a prolific front man.

He moved to Australia for 10-and-a-half months, but was quickly snapped up by former Lichties’ boss John McGlashan, who is in charge of Violet, for the final couple of months of the season.

“I have signed for a year and we will see how it goes. Hopefully I can impress them over the course of the season,” Simon told the Herald.

“I know Bobby [Linn] from my time at Tayport, when I played against him, and he has told me that Paul Sheerin is a good coach and that it is great dressing room to be in.

“I can learn a lot from him being a player as well, and from the experience he has.”

And he added that he is looking forward to getting among the goals. “I will always score goals and the fact that I will be playing with better players, I should get more chances. I’m really positive about the move.”

After returning from “an adventure” in Australia, Simon was happy to sign for John McGlashan at Violet. “He is a family friend, was my manager at Tayport and also played with my dad at Montrose,” he revealed.

“I scored a hat-trick on Saturday and it’s great to be back playing.”

The gaffer is excited about his new acquisition. “He’s keen and as soon as we got him on board, there was a reaction with him scoring a hat-trick on Saturday. He comes highly recommended and when we had him in training he certainly looked very sharp and I am confident he will do well.”

With Linn, Michael Travis, Scott Morrison and Kevin Nicol already signed up, Mr Sheerin was delighted to reveal that Ricky Little has agreed terms. He missed most of last season with a broken foot.

Deals have been offered to David Banjo, Paul McManus, Kenny Deuchar, Alan Cook and Colin Hamilton.

“It’s a bit up in the air with ‘Deuchs’ [Kenny Deuchar] at the moment due to work commitments, while Alan Cook and Colin Hamilton have been offered deals elsewhere. However, as they are under-23, teams will have to pay money for them,” said the boss.

Leaving the club are Alex Keddie, Ross Chisholm, Lari Yao and Johnny Lindsay, while Ryan McGeever and Leighton McIntosh have returned to their parent clubs, Falkirk and Dundee, respectively.

“’Jasper’ [Keddie] has a job offshore and he goes with our best wishes for the future,” continued Mr Sheerin. “It was a hard one with ‘Chis’ [Ross Chisholm] as he was magnificent when we won the title, coming in at a pivotal moment. However, I just feel we need more goals from that area.”

One other player signing on for the new campaign is the gaffer himself - 39 on his birthday in August. “I’m going to punish myself by going through another pre-season,” he revealed. “I finished the season strongly and my fitness was good, so I am going to go again.”