THE Blue Brazil could soon be set to announce a baker’s dozen of new talent as the squad for the next campaign takes shape.

With most players’ contracts in Scotland ending on Thursday, Cowdenbeath hope to announce a number of new signings over the next few days.

Although he has been on holiday, manager Maurice Ross has been busy organising new recruits for the Blue Brazil, as they prepare for their first ever season in the Lowland League.

Club secretary, David Allan, explained this week how things have been developing: “There has been a lot of signing work taking place and we have around 11 to 13 new players ready to put pen to paper.

“However, their current contracts don’t run out until this Thursday so it will be the end of the week before we can announce the names of those who will be Cowdenbeath players this season.

“It is also possible that we will also be re-signing a few of last year’s squad who the manager feels can play a valuable role in the Lowland League campaign.”

However, definitely not staying on at Central Park are striker Dave Carty, goalkeeper Craig McDowall, midfielder/striker Andrew Barrowman, central midfielder Gavin Morrison - who has joined Spartans -, winger Joe Moore, and experienced players Liam Buchanan and Craig Barr, along with midfielder Bobby Barr, who has retired.

However, it is very possible that utility man Harvey Swann and midfielder Kyle Miller may remain with the Blue Brazil.

Speaking ahead of the news on Tuesday afternoon (before the Times went to print) that the Lowland League wil have 19 teams in it for the 2022-23 season, David said: “The league has had an approach from Rangers, Celtic and Hearts to have their Colts teams playing this season but it will depend if that is agreed by the committee,” said the club secretary.

“It looks like the structure will either have 16 teams in it or 19, which will mean 15 home league games or 18. It is an important week for the club and hopefully we will be able to announce a host of signings in the next few days.”