Stenhousemuir are set to retain the services of experienced striker Colin McMenamin, JordanBurtFootball.com can reveal.
The 36-year-old has verbally agreed to re-sign with Brown Ferguson’s men, with the striker set to officially sign his new deal at Sunday’s Family Fun Day. The popular event, which is being held at Ochilview Park between 1-5pm, will see the second player from last season’s squad sign on the dotted line. Speaking exclusively to this website, Brown Ferguson told us:
“Colin has agreed verbally to sign, he’s coming to the Club on Sunday to do so, I believe. Colin is the type that I don’t think that will change, he’s committing his future and looking to sign the contract this Sunday.”
Ferguson has also managed to convince Ross Meechan to continue plying his trade at Ochilview next season, with the Stenny boss saying of the versatile player:
“You need that in any squad, and Ross Meechan is more than capable of doing that and performing in different positions. Possibly it was down to his own detriment last season, because of his ability to play in so many positions, that we used him in different positions, but my hope for him this year is that we can nail him down in a position and get him a run of games in that position, going on to be the player we believe he is capable of becoming.”
Ferguson is building from the back, with the double capture this week of Michael and Ross Dunlop from Albion Rovers.
“It is no secret that the spine of a team, in any team, is the important part. They know each other, they know their game well. They have been a part of an Albion Rovers team who haven’t conceded many goals over recent seasons; they’ve been successful as well, winning the championship a few years ago, so, they tick all the right boxes.”
With the imminent signing of McMenamin and with Mark McGuigan’s capture from Stranraer taking Ferguson’s recruitment drive to five so far, the squad is starting to shape up into an experienced group. However, Brown revealed to us this afternoon that once again, the squad will be complimented by youngsters.
“The focus for me, at this present time, has been good players. But then I think the key focus for me has been players that have got a bit of experience, have been there, done it and know what it takes; that they are proven and have shown they can perform, and perform well in League Two, or the leagues above,” before adding “Ultimately, once we have a core group of those types of players, we will then look to find, as well, the players that balance the team with the other side of it: hunger, desire and enthusiasm to progress in the game.”
With just under eight weeks until the new season kicks off in the BetFred Cup, Ferguson is busy talking to players and hopes to add more new faces over the coming weeks after positive discussions with targets.
“When I speak to players about Stenhousemuir, the feedback I get is that it appears to be a very good Club from the outside looking in – they seem to enjoy coming along to Stenhousemuir and it seems to have a good feel about the place. It is a very professionally run Club, with very, very, good people behind it all working hard to make sure we are successful.”
One player who may not be returning however is 19-year old Willis Furtado.
“Willis is the type I would love to have at the Club, I would love to retain. Willis, though, also has ambitions to go and progress, perform and do well and he is looking to explore what options he may have. If the circumstances come that, he has exhausted all those possibilities and nothing has came of that and we are in a position where we haven’t occupied and filled his position, then I would absolutely love to have Willis.” before stating “however, I am not going to sit still and wait for them if other good players become available.”
Ferguson, entering his second full season in charge with Stenny is clear in his intentions ahead of next season, with a charge for the League Two title looking likely for the Warriors.
“To be honest with you, it [Winning League Two] is the only mindset I am looking for. It must be our mindset for next season. It must be where our focus and our views are. There are a number of other goals that come in and around that, but, ultimately, that is our only focus.”