Freed Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland could sign for Dunfermline after joining in pre-season training

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DUNFERMLINE could be set to snap up Lawrence Shankland after taking the former Aberdeen striker on trial.

The 21-year-old left the Dons last month following four years at Pittodrie and has joined the Pars for pre-season training.

Shankland played just 17 times for Aberdeen after moving from Queen’s Park in 2013 and was farmed out twice to St Mirren and finished last season on loan at Morton.

The Scotland under-21 cap also had a successful loan spell with Dunfermline in 2014, scoring seven times in 14 appearances, and is one of a number of players manager Allan Johnston is weighing up deals for.

He said: “We want to strengthen and we’re looking at a few positions.

“We’re getting closer to the squad we’re going to have but we’re still probably looking for another three or four, so that we’ve got real competition in all areas of the park.

“We’ve got a few trialists in that have definitely given us food for thought; they’re good players.

“Shanks is in and we’ve got five or six trialists in at the moment. We’ll be getting in more as well.

“I’m really happy with what they’ve done in training, so we’ll see how it goes.

“We’ll take our time because, at the end of the day, you want to improve the squad, so they have to be better than what you’ve already got.”

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