Thirteen might be unlucky for some, but for Montrose, it was the perfect pre-season tonic as a number of existing players signed on the dotted line to stay with the Links Park men for at least next season.
Fans favourite Chris Templeman has agreed to re-sign and the 37 year old will remain at the Gable Endies for one more season. Following suit are Paul Watson, Terry Masson, Liam Callaghan, Allan Fleming and Jordan Millar on one year deals while Graham Webster and Ryan Ferguson have penned deals to keep them with the Mo for two more seasons.
However, the biggest news from Monday evening’s frenzy of news was that manager Stewart Petrie had himself committed his long-term future to the Club by signing a deal until May 2019.
“Stewart has done brilliantly since joining us, exceeding all our expectations.” said Chairman, John Crawford on Montrose’s Facebook page, before adding, “He is settling really well into his first senior managerial position and we are therefore delighted he has agreed to extend his contract until the summer of 2019.”
The recruitment drive wasn’t finished there however. Another 4 players entered the building on Monday to sign permanent contracts with the League Two side.
Danny Cavanagh has moved from junior side Broughty Athletic while 22-year-old striker Craig Johnston has moved from Cowdenbeath. Martyn Fotheringham – who won the play-off final with Forfar Athletic on Saturday – has re-joined after an eleven year absence. On loan Dundee defender Matty Allan has also signed a one year deal, converting his loan spell into a permanent move and the 21-year-old spoke exclusively to us at JordanBurtFootball.com.
“I was at Dundee for three seasons before going full-time for the last four. It was a big thing for me coming out on loan; I hadn’t played men’s professional football competitively before,” says Allan about his two spells on loan at Links Park.
It hasn’t always went smoothly for the youngster however.
“It [the loan spells] were disrupted with injuries and that. I was meant to be on loan at Montrose for the whole season but I needed to get an operation on my ankle in the January [of 2016], so that ruled me out for the whole second half of the season,” explains Allan.
“I had been having problems with my ankles for a good year and a half before that, so when the opportunity came up to get an operation on it and get it fixed for good I was quite keen to take it.”
After returning from injury, he re-joined Montrose on loan earlier on this year. In total, he made 13 appearances for the Gable Endies last season and hopes to kick on now, heading into the new campaign.
“You always have a rough idea where you are, so in my mind I always thought it was a possibility I’d be leaving Dundee this summer. Getting out on loan made me think and I want to be playing week-in, week-out,” says Allan, before concluding “I know most of the people at the Club and it’s a really good Club so I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”