PETRIE IMPRESSED WITH YOUNG KIERAN
In particular, 17 year old Kieran Thomson has been the stand out performer, having waited patiently for over 8 months for his debut opportunity.
The product of Montrose Youth FC and having played for the Gable Endies U17 Club Academy side for last two seasons, the midfielder made the first team bench back in December away to Elgin City, but remained an unused substitute.
He warmed the bench further at home to both Cowdenbeath and Berwick in January, but had to wait until the second half of the recent Cove Rangers friendly to take to the park. His full debut came only days later against Championship side Dundee United before completing a dream fortnight playing in both Brechin and Aberdeen friendlies.
Petrie said, “Kieran has done fantastically well and is a credit to both our own youth coaches and Montrose Youth FC. In football it’s all about taking chances and, with our squad depleted due to holidays and injuries, we had to call on Kieran and he never let us down.
“He will continue working with our U17’s this year but I will be keeping a close eye on his progress and will take every opportunity to keep him involved with the first team.”
Youth team players Rohan Terrell, Fraser MacLeod, Euan Rose, Scott Glennie and Ryan Hunt also made their debuts from the bench during the pre-season friendlies and acquitted themselves extremely well.