DESPITE a turbulent start to his Montrose career that was hampered by injury, Terry Masson says that he is thoroughly enjoying himself at the club, writes Sarah McLean.
Like many of his team-mates he started out playing in Dundee before spending time at several other Angus clubs. He said: “I was at Dundee United from when I was 12 until I was about 16. Then I spent a year at Dundee but that was just when the administration hit.”
From there Masson got a move to hometown side Arbroath where he had four starts and 16 appearances as a sub before a move to junior side Carnoustie Panmure.
He continued: “Then I moved to Brechin for the second half of the [2009/10] season but then Jim Duffy left for Clyde and Jim Weir came in and there wasn’t a contract for me.”
The move to Montrose came about after a phone call from then-manager Steven Tweed and he joined the club in June 2010.
Masson’s Montrose career did not get off to the best of starts when he picked up a knee injury on his debut against Dundee at Dens Park. He then didn’t make an appearance until January, 2011. He said: “I struggled at the start after getting injured and then not playing. But I’m really enjoying it here now. Since Ray Farningham came in, this has been the most I’ve ever played.”
This season Masson feels that Montrose’s position in the league does not reflect the performances on the pitch. He said: “It’s been quite up and down this season and I don’t think the league reflects how well we have been playing. I think we have improved a lot since last season.”
As for his own performances, he said: “I think I’ve done well. I think I need some consistency but other than that I think I’ve done quite well this season.”
A personal and team highlight for Masson was the team’s run in the Scottish Cup. He said: “It was good to get a draw [against Ayr United] but I think we should have won so it was a bit disappointing, I think we missed a big chance there.
“We’ve not had a lot of good results but for me that was a good one because I got a goal.
Masson claims that one of their toughest games came earlier in the season. He said: “Alloa early on gave us a lesson when we went down there, it was a real eye-opener. We took a battering there.
“Away at Hampden is always tough as well, we never really seem to do well against Queen’s Park.”
Despite the difficulties of this season Masson says that he is enjoying his time at Montrose. He said: “I really enjoy it here. It’s a good bunch of boys and it would be good if we could keep hold of them.
“I’m from Arbroath and work locally too so it works well for me.”
Coming from Arbroath and playing for closest rivals Montrose has never been a problem for Masson.
H said: “It doesn’t bother me really. I took a bit of stick last year when we were playing in the same division but it was just a bit of banter really.”