Ross: Gable Endies old and new are working hard

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Ross Campbell believes the new additions to the Montrose squad are exactly the kind of player the Gable Endies need.

The likes of Ryan Ferguson, Ryan Kenneth and Andrew Steeves have signed up with the club while Paul Hegarty this week confirmed the arrival of Gary Fraser.

The manager will be looking to bring in some more players but in the meantime, it’s old boys and young boys together. Their sleeves are all rolled up and they’re working hard.

Ross Campbell

Campbell said his first impressions of the boys are that they will work hard to contribute on and off the field, something that was lacking last season.

He said: “The nucleus of the squad, a couple went to the Highland League, but the majority that has been there since I arrived is still there.

“We’ve got a few young boys there and they’re developing reasonably well. Things have been okay so far.

“There is an emphasis on older players to help the younger ones. It’s good to have experienced pros in the dressing room because it creates that environment, and it also creates that standard. With all due respect to the young boys, they’re not used to that standard maybe so the likes of Paul, Terry and Scott etc will help foster that.

“The manager will be looking to bring in some more players but in the meantime, it’s old boys and young boys together. Their sleeves are all rolled up and they’re working hard.

“I had a short period with Gary Fraser when I joined Forfar and by all accounts he’s been doing very well in the Junior ranks.

“It’s an area the gaffer was looking to develop and I’m looking forward to playing with him.

“Ryan Ferguson looks very fit and athletic, he’s a great young lad.

“That’s the type of player we need, people who are going to contribute to the group on and off the park which didn’t always happen last year.

“He certainly looks to have fit in well and has shown spells of his quality in training.”

Ross praised the new artificial surface at Links Park, saying the change takes the pitch from the worst in the league to one of the best.

He said: “We played on the new park on Friday and it’s a credit to everyone involved, it’s a fantastic new surface.

“It’s fair to say that the Montrose pitch last season was the worst in the division so it’s nice to jump to being one of the best.

“It’s something to look forward to, the players will really enjoy being on that. It’s at the stage now where most astro surfaces are top quality. Since the new technology came in it’s just a better playing experience.”