Martyn Corrigan adds firepower to his Stenhousemuir squad in time for the new season

New Warriors Ross McNeil, Eddie Malone, Errol Douglas, Chris Smith, Sean Lynch,  Nicky Devlin and manager Martyn Corrigan. Picture: Michael Gillen
New Warriors Ross McNeil, Eddie Malone, Errol Douglas, Chris Smith, Sean Lynch, Nicky Devlin and manager Martyn Corrigan. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Goals should not be in short supply at Ochilview next season after The Warriors completed the signing of three new strikers.

Martyn Corrigan has secured the services of former Falkirk and Dundee hitman Sean Higgins, who signed a one-year deal with ‘Muir on Friday.

The 28-year-old from Gartcosh was released by the Bairns at the end of last season after his first team opportunities were limited to 14 games.

But Higgins is a proven goalscorer, having netted 14 goals in 34 games in one season at Dundee and scoring 47 goals in 119 matches during his time at Ross County.

Corrigan told Heraldsport he had been chasing Higgins’ signature for some time.

“He’ll make us a better team. He’s a clever, exciting player with real quality.

“I spoke to Sean about five weeks ago. I knew he was keen to remain full-time, but he told me if he did decide to go part-time, he would sign with us. There were First Division interested in him, so we’re obviously delighted that he’s chosen to join Stenhousemuir.

Higgins is the third forward to join ‘Muir in recent weeks, following the arrival of Errol Douglas from East of Scotland side Craigroyston and Ross McNeil from Rutherglen Glencairn under-21s.

Corrigan confirmed he signed Douglas after the hit man scored both Craigroyston goals in the 2-2 draw at Ochilview a fortnight ago.

“We knew of him before that game,” said the Warriors boss.

“He is speedy and athletic so I think he will be a good player for us next term and we will get him up to speed with us before the start of next term.”

McNeil (21), meanwhile, has scored more than 100 goals in the past two seasons for junior side Glencairn.

“We brought him in for the pre-season games to have a look at him. He has done well so we have signed him on a season’s deal,” added Corrigan.

The new forwards will have to compete for a Warriors’ starting place with the club’s established number nine, John Gemmell, who scored an impressive 18 goals in 23 league games last season, despite struggling with injuries on several occasions.

‘The Beast’, as he’s called by ‘Muir fans, was on target on Saturday when Stenny drew 1-1 with Celtic Nations, who are coached by former Ochilview boss Davie Irons, in a closed-doors friendly game played in Carlisle.

“It’s an exciting time for the club,” said Corrigan. The new boys will have to compete with big John.

“I’ve been delighted with all of the signings we’ve made so far. We did a lot of work identiying players we wanted to bring in, and so far we’ve been lucky enough to get all of our targets.”

Londoner Hassan Nyang has also featured pre-season, but Corrigan added that the defender/midfielder would not be pursued and any potential deal is dead.

A deal has yet to be agreed with Billy Davies junior, the son of the Nottingham Forest manager.

Davies played at centre against Albion Rovers last week.

“He was with Derby County for a long time, but he missed much of last season,” Corrigan explained.

“He is keen to get back playing and we will just see how things go.”