Positive relationship with St Johnstone paying dividends for Montrose

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Paul Hegarty has commended Tommy Wright for his courtesy after the St Johnstone boss sent a third player on loan to Montrose.

Defender Neil Martyniuk’s temporary switch to Links Park sees the Saints lad join keeper Jordan Millar and utility man Aaron Comrie in Hegarty’s squad.

The Montrose gaffer also acquired the loan of Falkirk goalie Alex Tokarczyk to bring a close to a busy month of recruitment.

Paul said: “We’re chuffed with Neil’s signing, he’s the captain of the St Johnstone U20s team and the manager and coaches there allowed me to take him ‘til the end of the season.

“He can play left back, centre back and in midfield so he’s very versatile.

“I’ve seen him a couple of times this year for St Johnstone U20s and he’s done very well.

“That’s three from Saints now with Jordan Millar and Aaron Comrie. We’ve got a good relationship with St Johnstone and they’ve been great to deal with.

“It’s great for the players and it’s great for Montrose. It gives St Johnstone players a chance to play at a level they’re not expected to, so I think it benefits all parties.”

Martyniuk’s arrival - following the additions of Chris Templeman and Jamie Clarke - will look to plug the gap left after impressive defender Matty Allan returned to parent club following surgery on a recurring ankle injury.

Allan performed with a maturity beyond his years while at Links Park and he will be a big miss for the club, but Paul is happy with who has come in this month.

The manager continued: “Hopefully Neil coming in softens the blow with Matty Allan leaving. Matty did very well and to be fair there was a couple of games where he shouldn’t have played because he was finding it difficult with his ankle injury.

“But he was a fighter and he worked extremely hard for us. He’s been operated on now so hopefully he can get a quick recovery and think about next season. He’s a very accomplished and capable footballer.

“Paul Hartley, like Tommy Wright, was excellent to deal with.”

Saturday’s trip to Stirling Albion was postponed much to Hegarty’s disappointment, as the boss looked to see his side continue their momentum with a positive result.

And he’s under no illusions about the task facing the Gable Endies this Saturday when second-placed East Fife visit Angus.

Paul added: “What we wanted to do was keep the games coming because in the last two or three weeks we’ve been doing pretty well.

“So we wanted to maintain that momentum and obviously try and get something from Stirling, but obviously the weather took its toll on a lot of fixtures and we were one of them.

“East Fife have had four wins on the bounce. Gary Naysmith’s taken his team from middle of the league to second in the league, and that’s what can happen in this league.

“Gary’s got a good squad and he’s got a mixed team of experience and youth.

“We played them seven weeks ago and drew 1-1 down there, so hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves. They’re playing excellently just now.”