New Gable Endies midfielder Ryan Ferguson said manager Paul Hegarty was a big factor in his decision to sign with the Links Parks club.
The 23-year-old former Dundee United lad had been asked to train with ex-club Brechin City in order to try and win a new deal but Ferguson said the confidence shown in him by Montrose boss Hegarty was more than enough to win him over.
I just want to do well for the club and hopefully I can help them achieve something special.Ryan Ferguson
Ryan believes there’s a chance to be part of something special at Links Park too as the club looks to banish the memory of standing at the precipice of Highland League football at the end of last season.
He said: “I’m really happy to have agreed terms with Montrose. I went in and trained with them last week and I got a good feeling. I know Paul quite well from time at Dundee United. He seems to be a good manager and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“Paul was a huge influence in me going there and also the fact that it’s a good club, anyone I’ve spoken to has said it’s a really great club to play for. John Holt was also an influence, I know him quite well. They were on the phone quite early on and that was a good sign to me that they showed confidence in me from an early stage and wanted to get me on board.
“I was due to leave Brechin at the end of the season then I was on holiday and Darren Dods phoned me, asking me to come back in for a couple of weeks with them to see how it goes. I went in and trained with them on Monday and played the game on the Wednesday. It was going to be a case of training for a couple of weeks more whereas Montrose were really positive and knew what they wanted, which was to sign me straight away. Their confidence in me was a massive factor.
“The plan is to get Montrose back to a good level. I want to go in, play every week and do my best for the club. We want to finish as high up the league as we can. I just want to do well for the club and hopefully I can help them achieve something special.”
Montrose announced on Tuesday that their scheduled friendly with Forfar Athletic on Saturday, July 11 has been cancelled after the Angus rivals were drawn together in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup.
That tie is to be played at Station Park on Saturday, July 25.