GARRY APPOINTED GABLE ENDIES NEW HEAD OF YOUTH
Garry Balfour, currently U18’s Manager at Links Park, has been appointed into a new Head of Youth role, overseeing the Clubs U16’s, U18’s and Development squads.
Arriving at the Club back in 2019, the 42 year old coach took over the U16’s, leading them to league success in his first year and also notably beating Celtic in the Club Academy Scotland Cup.
Explaining what attracted him to the role, Garry said, “I want to help make Montrose one of the best places for youngsters to develop both as players and as people. I also want to make sure the young players get a feel of how it is to be a Montrose player and hopefully I can get a few of them in and around the first team. Building on my experience at Links Park and having previously coached younger kids at Dundee FC’s Youth Academy I now want to push myself as Head of Youth and feel Montrose is the best place for me to do that.”
Club Director Peter Davidson added, “We are delighted Garry has accepted this new role and we would like to take the opportunity to pass on our sincere thanks to Paul Hunt and Scott Bridgwater for all their efforts over the last 7 years in relation to the development of our youth setup.
“Whilst remaining involved, Paul will be taking a step back due to other commitments, but sadly, Scott will be leaving us for now, as he needs to focus on work commitments, but we very much hope to welcome him back in the future.
“Both Paul and Scott have taken our Youth system to a new level and with a new structure in place we are now all very excited to see where Garry can take it from here.”
No stranger to the senior game, Balfour was coached at Arbroath FC by Charlie Adam senior before playing in the first team under Tommy Campbell.
Manager Stewart Petrie added, “Garry has already developed a great relationship with me and my coaching staff and I look forward to working even more closely with him in his new role. In fact I am keen to see this become a more formal reporting arrangement.
“I strongly believe in youth development and whilst circumstances have led us to look further afield for this recently, I would love it as much as Garry to start seeing one or two of our own young players knocking on the door of the first team.”
Our photo shows Garry (left) with Peter Davidson.