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Club Captain Paul Watson underwent surgery last week to repair the groin injury that has kept him out of action recently.
Paul said "The operation last Thursday, for the condition known as Gilmour's Groin, was fairly straight forward and went well. I was out of hospital the following morning and since then I have been at home recovering and starting my rehab exercises."
Overall recovery is expected to be around a month and Paul hopes to be running again by next week, building back up to full fitness and being ready for selection again by mid-October.
It goes without saying that all at the Club wish him a speedy recovery.
The 22 year old midfielder previously played for Spanish 3rd National Division side Cultural Durango and Hegarty admits to having been impressed with what he’s seen so far of the youngster. Paul said, “Adrian has looked good in training and comes with the natural ability you expect from a kid who has grown up within Spanish football. He played in a friendly match recently and acquitted himself very well both in a wide role and in central midfield. He will be a great addition to the squad.”
Before moving to Durango in 2011, Adrian spent two years with Athletic Bilbao U19's during which time he won the Cup of Spain. Last season he scored nine goals for Durango, who reached the promotion play-offs.
Adrian has come to the UK to improve his English and further his studying in Business Management. His new Links Park team mates aim to have him speaking proper English in no time!
With the previous pitch having come to the end of its natural life the League 2 side were faced with financing a new state of the art surface during the close season.
Club Chairman Derek Sim (pictured left) explained, "We are delighted to have secured this grant and very grateful that the Scottish Football Partnership are prepared to support our Club.
In handing over the cheque, Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer said, "We are about supporting football at all levels in Scotland and we look to help professional clubs with projects that are linked to National Club Licensing.
"We were more than keen to support the project here at Links Park as not only does it help the first team but it also helps with the great work they do in the community.
"I hope the new surface serves the Club well and delivers huge benefits."
The new pitch, which in total cost the Club over £100,000 uses the latest technologies and was provided and laid by German sports company Polytan, one of the leading international suppliers of synthetic turf. The Ligaturf RS+ Coolplus 240 World Cup Edition surface has a 40mm pile with over 100,000 blades per square metre and the green infill is the same as that used in the Bern Stadium.
“The pitch really has given the club a new lease of life. It looks great, it plays great and we have started the season with three home wins. Attendances are up so our fans must be enjoying the new pitch too which is all helping to create a positive and buoyant atmosphere."
Back Row - Robert Ogg (Assistant Kitman), Lloyd Hester, Adrian Mallagaray, Ryan Ferguson, Matty Allan, Graham Webster, Jordan Millar, Paul Watson (captain), Ross Salmon, Declan Milne, Ross Campbell, Greg Pascazio, Andrew Steeves, Jordan Reoch, Jim Butter (Goalkeeping Coach)Front Row - Ronnie Marquis (Kitman), Kyle Willox, Kyle McLeod, Dale Reid, Scott Johnston, Gary Fraser, Paul Hegarty (Manager), John Holt (Assistant Manager), Ross McCord, Ryan Kenneth, Terry Masson, Adam McWilliam, Gavin Malin, George Stewart (Physio)
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Montrose 3 Arbroath 0 - 15/08/15
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The 20 year old midfielder spent four years in the Dundee FC youth system under the then Head of Youth John Holt, before signing for Montrose U17's in 2012. Last year he left the Gable Endies and signed for Highland League outfit Cove Rangers and played in their league winning U20's side.
Adam is already a well know face at Links Park as his day job sees him coaching youngsters with Links Park Community Trust.
Adam's contract is initially until the end of January and brings the number of Hegarty signings from Angus and the Mearns to six following Terry Masson, Ryan Ferguson, Dale Reid, Jordan Reoch and Kyle McLeod.
Released by Rangers last Friday, Manager Paul Hegarty wasted no time in bringing the highly rated 19 year old to Links Park on a permanent one year deal.
Having spent the last few years in the Rangers youth system, Greg appeared 4 times for the Scotland U16's. Last year he featured and scored in Gordon Durie's side that triumphed over Hearts in the Youth Cup Final, with his 20 yard shot deceiving our very own Jordan Millar in the Hearts goal.
Greg will strengthen the Gable Endies defensive options and Hegarty plans to further increase his 18 man squad before the transfer windows closes at the end of the month.
Montrose FC have signed Gavin Malin on loan from fellow Angus club Forfar Athletic. The 27 year old, talented midfielder joins the Gable Endies until January as Manager Paul Hegarty looks to add experience to his new squad.
Malin joined the Loons in 2012 and has scored eight goals in his 56 appearances. Having begun his career in England with West Lancashire Premier Division side Blackpool Wren Rovers, Gavin joined Lowland League outfit Spartans in 2007. An important player for the Ainslie Park side, Malin netted 63 times in his 141 appearances.
In 2012, Gavin had two short stints with first Kendal Town and then Blackpool Wren Rovers before returning north to play for the Loons and recently featured in the League Cup tie against Hearts.
Gavin was also an ever present in the Great British University side that reached the final of the World University Games in Kazan in 2013.
Full segregation will be in operation for Saturdays game at Links Park between Montrose and Arbroath.
Montrose fans should entry the ground, as normal, from the Wellington Street end.
Arbroath fans should enter the ground from the Union Row end.
AWAY FANS PLEASE NOTE: There is no access from Wellington Street to Union Row. Access is via Union Street, Links Avenue or Wellington Park.
HOME FANS PLEASE NOTE: The car park opposite the British Legion will be out of action on Saturday and as a result the main car park will be restricted to players and officials only. Please make alternative parking arrangements. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Glynis Crawford, the face and voice of Montrose FC for the past 16 years has decided to call it a day. Known to almost everyone in the town, Glynis has been Commercial Co-ordinator for the Club organising everything from sponsorship to hospitality and from event hire to even making coffee for the Chairman.
Stepping into these experienced shoes is Regan Tammi, who regulars to Links Park will recognise as she has recently been part of the Club’s hospitality team. Regan is relishing the opportunity and challenges ahead and will be doing the rounds of local businesses in the coming weeks to drum up support and sponsorship for the coming season.
Club Chairman Derek Sim said, “We were all disappointed to hear of Glynis’s decision to leave. She has done a power of work for the Club over the years and she will be sadly missed. Much of the day to day life at Links Park has revolved around Glynis, reflected by the most common answer to any question amongst the staff being ‘Ask Glynis’.
“The relationships she forged and the rapport she developed with our many customers, fans and sponsors is almost legendary and will not be forgotten. Glynis should be rightly proud of what she has achieved here and on behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to wish her all the very best for the future and I hope she can look back on her time at Montrose FC with fondness and pride.
“I would also like to welcome Regan to the Club. The close season has seen many changes in personal and I feel this is a really exciting time for Regan to come onboard. Glynis will be a hard act to follow but I know Regan is capable of great things and she will help us move forward as a Club as we look to recover from our Pyramid Play Off scare last year.
Montrose 2 Clyde 0 - 22/08/15
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