Who’s staying, who’s going and what do we do now?

MONTROSE FC chairman Derek Sim has confirmed to the Montrose Review that the following players have signed extensions to their contracts: Stephen McNally, Alan Campbell and Sandy Wood.

New contracts have been offered to Martin Boyle, Sean Crighton, Jonathon Crawford, Douglas Cameron, Terry Masson, Daryl Nicol, Gordon Pope and Aaron Sinclair.

And inevitably a number of players have been released for various reasons. These include Hugh Davidson, Chris Hegarty, Fraser Milligan, Nicky Smith, Conor Thomson and Paul Tosh.

Popular ‘keeper Ramiro Gonzalez has also been released, with the club being aware that he will likely remain in Cyprus after he is married.

And Ross McCord has returned to Dundee United following his year-long loan spell.

The Review caught up on Monday with manager Ray Farningham, who took up the reins only a few weeks ago following the resignation of player/manager Steven Tweed.

Mr Farningham was full of enthusiasm for the task ahead, and was quite open in saying that his target for next season is the play-offs.

He said: “You have to be ambitious in football. You need self-belief. And I believe that we can do this.”

While disappointed by Saturday’s defeat away to Queen’s Park, the boss was realistic that the Hampden side had the great incentive of a play-off place, and that their players had clearly focused on that.

Nonetheless, he admitted to being disappointed by the Links Park men’s performance. He said: “We had opportunities in the game but it was not our day.”

However, the manager is looking to the future rather than the past, and has already offered contacts with a view to adding experience to the youth in the Montrose squad.

While remaining tight-lipped about names of his signing targets, he made it clear that he is looking for men who have played at a higher level. “But not too old!” he joked.

Both Mr Farningham and assistant boss, Stuart Garden, live not far from Montrose, and he said that he hopes that a good number of his new signings will also be from the local area, something that he feels is important.

Mr Farningham and his wife are planning a holiday before the new season, but you can be sure of one thing - his mobile ‘phone will be with him wherever he goes - and it will be charged up and switched on.