Airdrie boss Rhys McCabe says his team is not a million miles away as they prepare for another season in League One – but he is aiming to replace Dylan Easton.
The boss of a fledgling player is taking his first steps in a managerial role at New Broomfield, and says that while he needs to attract players, it is not a complete overhaul of the team. image is needed.
The 29-year-old is delighted to announce that things are “in progress” after the club returned to pre-season training yesterday, but after last year’s PFA League One player Easton left – to join the old team. boss Ian Murray at championship team Raith Rovers, midfield is his main area of interest.
McCabe, whose signing so far is defender Cammy Ballantyne from Montrose and goalkeeper/coach David Hutton, told Lanarkshire Live Sport : “We’re not a million miles away, which is good, so hopefully it’s sailing well for now.
“There is some work in progress and we will see how it plays out over the next few weeks.
“All is well. The good thing is that we don’t have to go in and change too much, other than Dylan Easton leaving.
“We will need a replacement for Dylan, ideally someone in midfield.
“Without giving too much, there are areas that we have identified as areas where we can improve.
“We have big Jon Afolabi and Brody Paterson, who are on loan, and have returned to their parent club. [Celtic] with contracts that expire and those that don’t, and those are the positions that will have to be filled.
“Also, it’s more of a matter of finding the right people who fit the way we want to play, rather than ‘let’s bring someone in because we’ve lost a certain player’.
“Given the way we want to play and the content, they have to fit the criteria of what we’re looking for in certain positions.”
The Diamonds are gearing up for games starting on July 9 when they travel to Cowdenbeath in the opening match of the Premier Sports League Cup group stage.
And the League One opening game against Peterhead on July 30 is also coming.
McCabe added: “We signed up a lot of boys from last season, which is obviously a big bonus, given our form and how well we played last season.
“Having the core and the majority of the squad there, who already know each other and are familiar with how we want to play and stuff, is a huge added bonus.
“Now it’s just waiting for it.”