New faces arrive at Balmoor

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peterhead FC manager John Sheran has been working hard during the close season and has secured new signing Paul Watson, a left footed midfielder who carries a goal threat.

Paul was signed by Forfar Athletic last season joining from Arbroath where he had risen through the ranks.

The 25 year-old Dundonian spent most of the first half of the season on loan to Montrose, his second loan spell at Links Park.

Meanwhile, Sheran has also signed Jamie Redman, a 24 year-old midfield player who was with Brechin last year and Arbroath the previous year.

Midfielder Redman’s playing style has been likened to Murray Davidson at St Johnstone, with an all-action style that’s brave and gets goals from the middle of the park.

Jamie played a large part of Brechin’s successful season last year, playing 32 games and scoring five goals, including one against Peterhead. Jamie, who has a degree in chemical engineering, was the captain of Edinburgh University’s First XI, as well as its top goal scorer. He also captained the Scottish Universities football team.

Another close-season signing is Aaron Conway, a 26 year-old Dundonian who is a versatile midfielder or out and out winger.

Conway started his career with hometown club Dundee United but made just two substitute appearances for the Terrors, appearing in games in the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons.

He played ten games during a loan spell with Clyde, scoring his first senior goal, before being released from Tannadice in 2005 where he moved to city rivals Dundee, before signing for Forfar Athletic.

In 2009, he joined East Fife, before signing last season for second division champions Livingston, where he appeared against Peterhead in Livi’s 1-0 victory at Almonvale.

He went on to make 13 appearances in all for Livingston last season, scoring one goal.

The Blue Toon also completed the signing of former Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Roy McBain on a two-year deal after the midfielder was freed by the Inverness side.

The 36-year old began his senior career further down the coast, having been snapped up by Dundee United boss Jim McLean at the age of 16.

Although he would make just one appearance for the Tangerines in his three years with the club, he would stay in the City of Discovery until 1996.

Dundee were next up, with the left-footed midfielder making six appearances for the Dens Park club before stepping down the Divisions to join Third Division side County.

Four years at Victoria Park saw McBain make a name for himself, and he was part of the County side that won the Third Division title in 1999.

A year later came the move that would eventually take McBain to the top flight, as former Peterhead boss Steve Paterson snapped him up on a free transfer.

Several key players have also committed themselves to the Blue Toon again for next season.

Martin Bavidge has extended his stay at the club for another two years. Prolific Bavidge is Peterhead’s top scorer in Scottish League football scoring more than 100 goals for the club.

Martin has been at club since 2003, signing from Forfar Athletic, his new deal will take Martin up to ten years’ service to the club and will be capped with a testimonial.

Reliable defender Callum MacDonald, who recently racked up his 200th game for the club against Forfar Athletic, has also signed a new two year deal and last season’s top scorer.

Striker Dennis Wyness has also signed a new deal with the club. This follows the extending of contracts for David Donald and David Ross and the key signing of Roy McBain is seeing the squad starting to take shape.