Terry Masson said he feared for the future of Montrose if they had gone down to Brora Rangers and dropped to the Highland League last season.
The midfielder has just signed on for a sixth year at Links Park, much to the delight of the Gable Endies fans.
As a club we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.Terry Masson
Masson admitted that he thought it was key for the club to stay in League Two because they might not have survived for long in the Highland League.
But the stalwart believes the club will make sure they don’t find themselves at the precipice again.
Terry said: “I think everyone was well aware if we went down to the Highland League, it could potentially have been the end of Montrose within a few years.
“They’d have had difficulty attracting players with the money going around the league and with the location.
“As a town it benefits massively having a club in the senior league, keeping the derbies and playing Arbroath.
“As a club we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again. From the board down, they need to show ambition and offer a budget to allow us to bring in a bit more quality. The table doesn’t lie and we didn’t pick up the right results because we didn’t have a good enough squad.
“As players we were hurting. We didn’t enjoy being bottom of the league and as a local lad, I didn’t enjoy speaking to people after the game when you get beat.
“That will spur us on this year to achieve a much higher level of success.
“I’m delighted to sign. I’ve been here for a number of years and I think I’m going to be the longest-serving player there this year.
“I’m obviously disappointed that a few teammates and friends didn’t decide to stay with us as well.
“But the squad needed freshening up whatever happened.”
Manager Paul Hegarty confirmed that Paul Watson will also sign a new deal, joining Scott Johnston, Declan Milne, Ross McCord and Ross Campbell.
Greg Cameron and Ryan Kenneth will also sign deals with the club as will full back Andrew Steeves.
The manager said: “We’re delighted with the players who have resigned.
“We’re still looking for several players but that’s a good nucleus of what John and I were wanting. It’s case of keeping our eyes and ears open. We need a couple of goalkeepers, we need some defenders and strikers in but we’re working on them.
“We have some trialists coming in to train with us too.”