DESPITE not having much time on the pitch this season goalkeeper Sandy Wood is determined that his future will be with Montrose, writes Sarah McLean.
Wood started his career with Stonehaven Youth before being scouted by Aberdeen. He was released by the Dons and had his first move to Montrose in 2003. Moving through the youth ranks it was while he was in the under-18s side that his impressive form caught the eye of Celtic.
He spent about three years with the Parkhead side, including a loan spell back to Montrose, in a time that he describes as “really good” before being released and signing for Forfar Athletic.
He spent two years at Station Park, picking up a few end of season awards, but spent most of his second year out with a knee injury. Wood played for junior sides Glenrothes and Tayport before being signed by Steven Tweed to return to Montrose.
In his third stint at the club Wood put in a number of impressive performances during pre-season but has been consigned to the bench during competitive fixtures.
Wood said: “I was gutted not to be in the team at the start of the season. It felt a bit like the rug had been pulled out from under me. I didn’t fall out with anyone over it but it was disappointing.”
Although keen to be playing, he is content to bide his time until he gets back to the first team. He said: “I want to play but I’m not going to leave the club. It’s not like I’m sitting on the bench thinking this is a total nightmare and I don’t want to be here.
“I want to do well with Montrose and I think I get on well with the coaches and the players so I just knuckle down and get on with it.”
One thing Wood has not been impressed with this season has been the inconsistency which has led to some undeserved results. He said: “I think there has been an improvement in the last two weeks, for example we had the two really good games against Ayr so there was no excuse to get beat by Berwick on Saturday.
“It’s up to the team to sort it out but I still think getting to the play-offs are achievable.”
As for being knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the third round, Wood takes a wry viewpoint, he said: “It is disappointing, we could have had the ‘glamour’ tie of Livingston away – I think that pretty much sums up our season!
“We played well in both games and had good chances in the first game and the replay.”
For high points Wood looks towards how well his team mates have been getting on. He said: “I’m delighted for Martin Boyle, he’s done really well so far despite the pressure on him. With Aaron [Sinclair] doing so well at Partick it’ll be good to see Boyle doing the same and if he keeps improving there is a good chance of that.”
So what does the future hold? He said: “I want to keep playing part-time at the highest level I can.
“In the 10 years or so I’ve been following Montrose they’ve never been up or down or really done anything so I’d like to be here to achieve something with the team.
“I’m not going to go in the huff about being on the bench. I was delighted with my pre-season and thought there was no way that I was going to be dropped so it was disappointing when I was. But I’m going to wait and I want to get back through my own merits.”