Shire still seeking re-inforcements for run-in

16-08-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. East Stirlingshire v Elgin City. Craig Tully head coach.
16-08-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. East Stirlingshire v Elgin City. Craig Tully head coach.

Craig Tully is not ruling out more new arrivals at East Stirlingshire before the transfer window shuts as he aims to take the club away from the pyramid play-off danger zone.

The Shire boss has already brought in former Arbroath winger Michael Wallace and has been running his eye over a few more trialists in games throughout January.

Although he is well aware that budget constraints will limit what he can do in terms of freshening up his squad he will attempt to do what business he can.

“We have brought in some players to have a look at them and now we are getting to the time where we will have to decide what happens next,” he said. “The main issue there is around money but from what I have seen we could improve the squad and certainly make competition for places better.”

Tully’s January experiment with trialists, he believes, has also given the squad the shake-up it perhaps needed. The Shire boss was concerned that some of his players were in a comfort zone and that needed to end.

“Maybe we had reached a point where some of them were just too comfortable here and perhaps lacked the will or desire to go out there and get the right result. By bringing in some new faces in January we showed that we mean business and that no-one should feel safe about their position in the team.”

The Shire coach is again likely to name a couple of trialists in his squad for this weekend’s match against Clyde at Ochilview. He will be without on-loan central defender David Bates who is serving a two game ban and he will also have to decide whether he wants to extend the youngster’s stay from Raith Rovers.

The squad for the game won’t be a million miles from the one which travelled through to East Fife last Saturday only to have the game called off an hour before kick-off. The postponement was a disappointment but it did at least give Tully the chance to watch this week’s opponents in action.

“We play teams often enough in this league to know roughly what they are like but you don’t miss an opportunity to go and have a look,” he said. “We have a rough idea of how they will approach the match and we are putting in place plans to try and counter that.”

A look at the league table shows just how important a victory over Clyde would be to Shire. They certainly know how to do it and have a 100% record against the Bully Wee in the two league meetings so far this season.

In both previous matches the Shire coach believes his side has deserved victory, even though the margin of victory on each occasion was narrow.

“The performances were good in both games and the results were just what we needed at the time. We again find ourselves in the position where we need to win and I’m hoping that will provoke the necessary reaction in the players.”

One thing is for sure; Tully remains absolutely convinced his team is capable of much better form than results have shown and says he is equally sure things will come good.

“We have played some good football this season but have not got the reward to show for it,” he said. “The players have deserved better.”