Spanish midfielder arrives at Links Park

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Montrose have secured the services of Spaniard Adrian Mallagaray until the end of January as manager Paul Hegarty puts the finishing touches to his new look squad.

The 22-year-old midfielder previously played for Spanish Third National Division side Cultural Durango and Hegarty admits to having been impressed with what he’s seen so far of the youngster.

Paul said: “Adrian has looked good in training and comes with the natural ability you expect from a kid who has grown up within Spanish football. He played in a friendly match recently and acquitted himself very well both in a wide role and in central midfield.

“He will be a great addition to the squad.”

Before moving to Durango in 2011, Adrian spent two years with Athletic Bilbao U19s during which time he won the Cup of Spain.

Last season he scored nine goals for Durango, who reached the promotion play-offs.

Adrian has come to the UK to improve his English and further his studying in Business Management.

Meanwhile the club recently received a £40,000 grant from the Scottish Football Partnership towards the costs of their newly laid artificial surface, on which the club has enjoyed a perfect winning record so far.

With the previous pitch having come to the end of its natural life the League Two side were faced with financing a new state of the art surface during the close season.

Club chairman Derek Sim (pictured left) said: “We are delighted to have secured this grant and very grateful that the Scottish Football Partnership are prepared to support our club.

In handing over the cheque, Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer said: “We are about supporting football at all levels in Scotland and we look to help professional clubs with projects that are linked to National Club Licensing.

“We were more than keen to support the project here at Links Park as not only does it help the first team but it also helps with the great work they do in the community.

“I hope the new surface serves the Club well and delivers huge benefits.”

The new pitch, which in total cost the Club over £100,000 uses the latest technologies and was provided and laid by German sports company Polytan, one of the leading international suppliers of synthetic turf