GABLE ENDIES LAND EX-TANGERINE CAPTAIN DILLON
Montrose FC have secured the services of ex-Dundee United Captain Sean Dillon on a two-year deal until the summer of 2019.
Since ending his 10 year stint with the Tangerines a month ago, a string of clubs including Peterhead, Arbroath, Forfar, Alloa and East Fife have all reportedly been chasing the 33 year old defender.
Mo Boss Stewart Petrie was obviously thrilled at landing such a marque signing for his League 2 side, “I am absolutely delighted Sean has agreed to join the Club. His reputation goes before him and as soon as I spoke with him a couple of weeks ago, I just knew he was the real deal.”
The Dublin born Irishman will not only have a playing role at Links Park, he will also become First Team Coach, joining Petrie’s backroom staff of Ross Campbell (Assistant Manager) and Jim Butter (Goalkeeping Coach).
Petrie added, “Sean will not only bring experience on the park as a player, he will also be a fabulous influence on the rest of the squad, both at training and in the dressing room. He is a great professional and his fitness levels are up there with the best.”
Before joining United, Dillon played for Irish teams Longford Town and Shelbourne in the League of Ireland and also represented the Republic of Ireland at U16, U21 and B international level.
Moving to Scotland in January 2007, Sean became Craig Levein’s first signing and went on to make 346 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals and memorably lifting the Scottish Cup in 2010 after beating Ross County 3–0.
Sean said, “I am really looking forward to this new challenge. I had such a great time at Tannadice but it was the right time for me to move on. I have been so impressed with Stewart and the setup he has here at Montrose.
“Stewart brought promotion play-off football in his first season and I know first-hand how disappointing that can be when it doesn’t go your way but I believe we have a great chance of bringing success to this Club in the near future and I will be doing everything I can to help make that happen.”
Dillon, who will feature in the Club’s first pre-season friendly tonight at Links Park against Cove Rangers (KO 7:45pm), is pictured with co-Vice Chairmen David Laing and Peter Stuart.
The Club also confirmed that recent signing Dean Brett was to leave the Club by mutual consent.
Stewart explained, “Unfortunately Dean has found the excessive travelling is having too much of an impact on his family and so reluctantly he has requested to leave the Club.
“We completely understand Dean’s position and whilst obviously disappointed in losing such a talented player, family must always come first and we wish him all the very best for the future.”