End of season high

THE LURE of full-time football looks likely to tempt Montrose manager Ray Farningham away from Links Park.

And if, as expected, he takes up the role of assistant boss at former club Dundee, he was given the perfect send off by his players who crushed Clyde 5-0 on Saturday.

Farningham, who succeeded Steven Tweed as manager last April, has admitted the prospect of a return to the full-time game will be too big to turn down.

The gaffer said: “The board of directors have kindly allowed me to speak to Dundee. That will take place some time next week and we will take it from there.

“I was assistant at Dundee before under Jocky Scott when, of course, we left on a bad note.

“I have always had the ambition to get back into full-time football.”

Top scorer Martin Boyle was resigned to losing the boss, commenting: “It looks like Ray’s going. He spoke to us on Saturday before the game and I think that’s why we went out and did so well - we wanted to put on a good show for him.

“He’s been brilliant to me along with assistant Stuart Garden.”

Looking back on Saturday’s game, Farningham said: “We have sent our supporters home happy and we must kick on next season.

“We have the nucleus of a decent team and if we can add a few we can aim for the play-offs.

“I am thrilled for Martin Boyle. That is his first hat-trick and I believe it makes him top scorer in the SFL which just caps it all. He has the ability to play at a higher level.”

Boyle has recently signed a new deal at Montrose but has attracted attention from a number of SPL clubs - Aberdeen rumoured to be one - on the back of his performances this season.

The SFL Ginger Boot winner has scored 22 goals this season, ahead of Arbroath’s Steven Doris, Airdrie’s Ryan Donnelly, Peterhead’s Rory McAllister and Queen’s Park’s Jamie Longworth, all of whom netted 21 times.

Boyle said: “It was just great to get my first senior hat-trick.

“I ran straight to my dad after my third goal as he’s been at every game this season.

“It was only after the game that he said I’d finished top scorer.

“I’m sure he’s more excited about it than me.

“Then to win Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and another four awards made it a perfect day for me.”

Meanwhile, Farningham has re-signed 11 of his current squad for 2012/13.

This includes Jon Crawford and Terry Masson who put pen to paper on new one-year deals on Saturday.

However, Montrose will not be offering contracts to Jonathan Smart, David McGowan, Steven McPhee, Sean Crighton, Michael Andrews or David DiMilta.

They are hoping to make around six or seven new signings over the summer.