PETRIE STRENGTHENS STRIKE FORCE ON DEADLINE DAY
Montrose FC have agreed an undisclosed fee with Stirling Albion FC for the transfer of striker Lewis Hawke on a permanent deal until the end of the season.
The 26 year old was a regular in a Queens Park side last season, netting 10 times in 30 appearances, but his move to Forthbank in the summer his not worked out as planned.
Son of former Berwick Rangers, Morton, Queen of the South and Sunderland striker, Warren Hawke, Lewis started his career in the youth systems at Everton and Morton before spending three years in the USA on a scholarship with Furman Paladins.
On graduating, the Kirkcaldy born frontman moved down under, signing for Bulleen Lions in Australia, returning to Scotland 18 months later where he signed for The Spiders.
Gable Endies Manager Stewart Petrie said, “I am delighted to be bringing Lewis to the Club. We have had an eye on him for a while and given our recent activity in the transfer market, the timing was just right.
“At over six foot, he will really strengthen our options up top, bringing a good aerial presence and dangerous goal threat.”
Petrie’s side sit mid-table in League 1, but only the two full time outfits of Raith Rovers and Falkirk have scored more goals.
LYONS JOINS JAGS WITH IMMEDIATE LOAN RETURN
Talented Montrose FC youngster Blair Lyons has agreed terms to join Championship outfit Partick Thistle with an immediate return on loan to Links park until the end of the season.
After lengthy negotiations over the highly rated 23 year old, a deal has been structured to the benefit of both clubs. If the Glasgow born’s career continues to develop as all parties hope, the transfer is potentially a new club record for Montrose, surpassing the sum paid by Hibernian for the sale of Gary Murray back in the early 1980’s.
Lyons joined Montrose last summer from Lowland League side University of Stirling where he finished the season as top scorer with 16 goals. The step up to League 1 has come naturally to Blair and he is currently the Gable Endies top scorer with 7 goals in his 27 appearances.
Manager Stewart Petrie said, “I am delighted for Blair to get this chance at full time football with such a good club and it is great to have him back on loan until the end of the season.
“We always knew he was destined for bigger things and it spoke volumes about Montrose and our increasingly strong connection with Stirling Uni that Blair chose to join us in the summer, when he had other offers on the table at that point.
“We had prepared ourselves to lose him completely during this window, so to secure his services until the summer is a real positive.”
This move further enhances the Gable Endies growing reputation for providing a positive player pathway as Lyons becomes the third Montrose player this season to successfully transition into full time football following the recent sale of Martin Rennie to St Patricks Athletic and the move last August of Patrick Cregg to Coach of the same Irish outfit.
RENNIE COMPLETES EXCITING MOVE TO IRISH PREMIER DIVISION
Montrose FC frontman Martin Rennie has completed a transfer to St Patrick’s Athletic FC, 5 time winners of the Irish Premier Division.
Following agreement between the two clubs, a five figure sum has been paid for the 25 year old, making him the Gable Endies first ever international transfer.
The Kirkcaldy born striker has netted 20 times in 74 appearnaces for Stewart Petrie’s side since arriving at Links Park from Junior side Lochgelly Albert in January 2018 and also provided the vital assist for Jamie Redman’s league winning goal against Elgin in April 2018.
Martin ended last season as the Club’s top scorer, including 4 goals in as many games in the lead up to Christmas, catapulting the League 1 newcomers into a promotion playoff place and securing his first SPFL Player of the Month award.
Petrie said, “I am absolutely delighted for Martin. He has been great for us and we are really pleased to see him getting such an exciting move to fulltime football at such a high level.
“It speaks volumes for the Club that we can provide such a positive platform for players coming out of the Junior game and lower leagues.
“It’s incredible to think he could be soon playing in the Champions or Europa leagues with St Patrick’s and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Martin said, “My time at Montrose has been truly life changing. I’d like to thank everyone that’s helped me over my time at the club; the players, management team, background staff and the fans. Winning the league has to be the highlight, a day I’ll never forget. It’s always been my dream to play full time football and this is the opportunity I’ve been hoping for.”
Rennie’s move across the Irish Sea to Richmond Park follows the appointment earlier this season of former Montrose player Patrick Cregg, who transitioned into his first managerial position as Coach at St Patrick’s Athletic.