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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 April 2007, 19:59 GMT 20:59 UK
Forfar axe eight after relegation
Forfar manager Jim Moffat
Jim Moffat took over in March
Forfar Athletic manager Jim Moffat has axed eight of his squad and more could follow following relegation to Division Three next season.

Back-up goalkeeper Craig Martin is not being retained at the end of his short-term deal, while on-loan Kevin Moon returns to St Johnstone.

Gary Lynn, Fraser Coyle, Barry Donald, Gregory Tade, Willie Stewart and Darren Gribben have not been given new deals.

Defender David Keogh, AWOL for several months, will also leave permanently.

Keogh had not made contact with the club since March, according to Forfar's official website.

Manager Jim Moffat, who took over shortly afterwards, said: "I spoke to all the departing players and thanked them for making it easy for myself coming into the club in terms of attitude, commitment and attendance at training, David Keogh excepted.

All the players to leave live in the west coast of Scotland and had travelled north to the Angus club.

Moffat will now search for replacements.

"Some deals are already done and dusted in that we have agreements with some players to come to Station Park," he said.

"Some others we still have to have negotiations with and others we have to watch before I decide whether they are the kind of players we need for next year's Third Division campaign."

Defender David Dunn had earlier put a season of injury problems behind him by signing a new two-year contract. The 23-year-old recently returned to the Second Division side's first team following a six month spell on the sidelines with knee trouble.

But he could not prevent the side being relegated to Division Three.

He joined Sandy Wood, Craig Lumsden, Stephen McNally, Gavin Beith and Gary Fraser, who have all signed new deals in recent weeks.

Striker Darren Gribben's future is being discussed by the club after he returned to the club following his spell of absenteeism from Station Park.

SEE ALSO
Two players go AWOL from Forfar
22 Mar 07 |  Forfar Athletic
Forfar go for Moffat's experience
29 Mar 07 |  Forfar Athletic


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