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Season ending suits Jim

Ending the season on a winning note, with a 2-0 victory at Elgin delighted Montrose manager Jim Weir who said it was the best his side have played since he took over at Links Park.

"We controlled the game from start to finish and I'm pleased for the lads that they have finished the season on a high.

"We have stopped losing bad goals. We looked very solid and Elgin didn't threaten us at all.

"Scoring an early goal helped us and we might have gone on to score three or four. Andy Rodgers missed a few chances, but his overall workrate was tremendous.

"The effort and commitment of my players was excellent and they got the kind of result they have deserved for a number of weeks.

"The players will report for pre-season at the end of June. I've sent them off with a programme for the summer and I expect them to come back in good shape.

"Nobody likes lapping the track and the better shape they come back in, the sooner we get the ball out."

Jim has decided not to make contract offers to six players, Andy Reid, Jed Stirling, Chris Tawse, Steve Kerrigan, Stephen Fraser and Graeme Stewart.

John Baird, scorer of the first goal at Elgin, has agreed a one-year contract with Montrose, but his fellow loan signing from St Mirren, Mark Docherty, who notched the second goal on Saturday, is to sign a new deal with the Paisley team.

"We are delighted to get John. He has scored his fair share of goals for us and he is another with a great attitude.

"All our loan players have been terrific. Stuart Malcolm has another option open to him, but we will see what develops."

The manager is sad to lose Greig Henslee, who is emigarating to New Zealand to play football there.

"Greig is a popular player with the fans and was under contract with us for another two years. We could have stood in his way, but we agreed to let him go."

Jim says there is a "gentleman's agreement" that Greig will rejoin Montrose should things not work out down under.

The manager says he plans to have a chat with two or three individuals who may not be first choices next season and he might be prepared to listen to offers for these players.

Hugh Davidson has agreed to sign a new contract, as have young players Darryn Kelly, Stuart McKenzie and Phil Reid.

 
 
 

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