Brechin boss Darren Dods’ summer signing spree continued yesterday when he snapped up former Hibs striker Ross Caldwell.
The Glebe gaffer had been on the look-out for forward reinforcements after Robert Thomson left to play for Dumbarton and he believes that Caldwell, who has also played for St Mirren, Morton, Ayr United and Cowdenbeath, fits the bill.
The 22-year-old’s arrival capped a great week for the Angus club with keeper Graeme Smith signing a new deal as well as the return of fans’ favourite Alan Trouten from Ayr.
A delighted Dods said: “With Robert Thomson going, I was obviously on the look-out for a replacement and Ross fits the bill.
“He had great potential when he was at Hibs and he has always been a handful when I played against him.
“He has had a couple of moves since he left Hibs but they maybe haven’t worked out as he would have hoped and he is keen to re-establish himself.
“He is a big, powerful player and can lead the line like Robert did but he probably has a bit more pace.
“I am delighted to bring him in and it was also pleasing to get Graeme Smith signed up again.
“He is one of the best goalies in the league and is at the age now where he has bags of experience.
“Graeme trains really hard and is a good communicator who keeps the boys on their toes.
Dods added: “It was also great for the club to be able to bring back Alan Trouten.
“He had signed a two-year deal with Ayr after he left here and had 12 months left but towards the end of last season, he fell out of favour and he wasn’t enjoying it.
“So he had a word with (Ayr boss) Ian McCall and told him he was keen to go even although Ayr had been promoted.
“So I spoke to him and even although he lives in Glasgow, he was keen to come back to Brechin.
“He has lots of friends at the club and had three great years here, scoring 53 goals which is incredible considering he isn’t an out-and-out striker.
“We now have 14 signed up for pre-season and we will also have a look at a few trialists.
“So we have a good nucleus in place and are well prepared for the start of the new campaign.”