May 25 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
AYR UNITED are targeting Englishopposition for a busier than ever pre-season schedule.
Partick Thistle will visit Somerset Park on Tuesday, July 17. But new boss Mark Roberts wants to beef up the preparations and says there could be up to seven more games.
Eddie Malone has signed for Raith while Kevin Cuthbert looks set for Hamilton. Also not returning are Gareth Wardlaw, Ryan McWilliams and loan players Jamie McKernon, Liam Tomsett and Adam Dodd.
Jonathan Tiffoney is being liked with Falkirk. But Ayr would be entitled to compensation as he is under 23.
Roberts and sidekick Davie White flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday for talks with chairman Lachlan Cameron.
A number of signing targets have been spoken to but Roberts warns he won’t wait for ever as players weigh up their options.
He said: “My top priority is to sign a keeper and I’m working on that right now. I know a lot of goalie coaches and will be speaking to them.
“We report back for pre-season training on June 26. In previous years, we have played only five games which isn’t nearly enough but I’m looking for six, seven or eight.
“I’m trying to get a couple of teams from England as I want something different from the normal games we play.”