Three more signings at Links Park as boss Paul Hegarty gets a headstart on the new campaign

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There was even more signing news out of Links Park this week as Paul Hegarty continues to build his squad for the next campaign.

Montrose will be bolstered by news that Chris Templeman and Lloyd Hester have agreed deals until the end of next season in a swoop perfectly epitomising the gaffer’s intention of blending experience and youth.

Since joining in January from Angus neighbours Forfar, Templeman has made a real impact as the focal point of the Gable Endies attack, chipping in with three goals and a number of assists in eight games.

Looking to create a blend of experience and youth, Hegarty has also extended young Hester’s contract.

Despite having made only one appearance from the bench this year away to Berwick Rangers, the 17-year-old Montrose Academy pupil is highly rated at Links Park and considered one for the future.

Remaining focused on the run in, Hegarty has also signed Kieran McWalter until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old Northern Irishman signed for Arbroath U19’s in 2012 and joined the first team two years later.

This season, the defensive midfielder made six league and one cup appearances before being released by Todd Lumsden in January.

Hegarty said: “I am delighted Chris has agreed to sign.

“ He has added real quality up front and those playing around him have benefited too.

“Kieran will be a good addition to our squad, he looked accomplished at right back as a trialist in our recent victory over East Stirling.”

Hegarty’s swift approach to securing his squad gives Mo a huge headstart on the new season.