Hegarty and Holt Begin Team Rebuilding at Links Park
Having put pen to paper recently to continue as the management team at Montrose Football Club, Paul Hegarty and John Holt have wasted no time in beginning to rebuild a side at Links Park that they hope will see them challenge for promotion next season. Parachuted in back in February, the pair guided the Gable Endies to SPFL safety after a 3 – 2 aggregate pyramid play off victory over Highland League champions Brora Rangers.
The midfield trio of Scott Johnston, who scored in the play off final, Ross McCord and Graham Webster have all agreed terms for new contracts while the manager is looking to hear back from Paul Watson and Terry Masson who have also been offered new deals.
Forwards Ross Campbell who scored six times towards the end of the season along with youngsters Declan Milne and Kyle McLeod remain under contract.
Hegarty had hoped to keep hold of forward and play off final goal scoring hero Garry Wood but the club captain chose to move to Highland League side Formartine United. Wood will be joined at Pittmedden by central defender Jonathan Crawford who moves there after over 125 games for Montrose since his arrival from Aberdeen in 2010. Crawford ended the season with four trophies including Players Player of the Year and Directors Player of the Year.
Goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie has also chosen to move back to the Highland League and he has rejoined his former manager John Sheran at Cove Rangers after a two year spell at Links Park.
Long serving centre half Alan Campbell is also departing the club after over 180 appearances since joining in 2009 from Scone Thistle. A fans favourite Alan will be sadly missed in and around the club.
The clearout of seventeen players is a bold statement from April’s SPFL Manager of the Month and Hegarty is clearly determined to stamp his own mark on the Club.
Club Chairman Derek Sim said, “I am delighted that Paul and John have agreed to become our new management team. In their short spell last season they brought a freshness and energy to the place that ultimately secured our league status. I appreciate that fans may be concerned about the number of players departing the club, but given how disappointed we all were with last year, wholesale changes were essential. This will allow Paul and John to build their own team and I am confident we will be challenging at the right end of the league next time out.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Campbell, Garry Wood and Jonathan Crawford for their many years service at Links Park. It is always hard to see players leave a club and I would like to wish all those departing the very best for the future.