New lad Steeves believes Montrose can keep clear of League Two drop

Photo - Chris Coutts.

Photo - Chris Coutts.

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Paul Hegarty’s latest signing Andrew Steeves says the Gable Endies are good enough to comfortably maintain their place in Scottish League Two this season.

Steeves, who was on loan at Montrose last season from Forfar Athletic for a short time, was a key player as Hegarty’s side saw off the threat of Brora Rangers in a whirlwind second leg at a packed Links Park.

I’m not sure about pushing for promotion but I’m confident we won’t be down the bottom end of the table again.

Andrew Steeves

The left-back has signed a permanent deal with the club after his release from the Loons and Andrew says he can’t see the club finding themselves on the precipice again this season.

He said: “I can’t see it happening again, not with the boys we’ve kept and the players we’ve added to the squad - I just can’t see us being at that end of the table. You want to be in the top end of the table, playing in the play-offs to go up. But as a player you want to be in the biggest games and you saw in the second leg how big it was. The kick-off was delayed so long to get the crowd in.

“You don’t want to play in that game obviously but to see the whole support of the town, and to see what it meant to the likes of Ronnie the kitman, it was incredible. The week leading up to it was a bag of nerves right enough.

“This year is all about improving on last year. Our form from when the manager came in actually wasn’t too bad. It was mid-table form.

“We were beating play-off teams, we drew with Queen’s Park, we were beating teams like Elgin at Links Park.

“If we can take the end of the season into the start of this one we’ll find ourselves in a good position. I’m not sure about pushing for promotion but I’m confident we won’t be down the bottom end of the table again.”

Andrew thanked the gaffer for putting such faith in him last season in such an important time in the history of Montrose Football Club.

The former St Johnstone player was thrilled to see his side draw Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup, but admitted he’d hoped to see a glamour tie in a later round.

Steeves continued: “The last 14 weeks of the season at Montrose was brilliant for me, I was playing every game that was available to me.

“The gaffer was absolutely superb with me from day one. The fact that he trusted me and put me into the biggest games of the season against Brora was especially pleasing.

“Obviously you’re looking for a big cup draw, a big team or a derby, but you hope it’s a couple of rounds later. Going down to Easter Road will be a great experience, playing in front of a big crowd.

“Montrose to win the league cup is a bit ambitious so you’re looking for a glamour tie along the way, and we’ve got one.”