Watson hopes for improved season with Gable Endies

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Paul Watson was thrilled to agree to a fourth year at Links Park because he believes manager Paul Hegarty will bring in some quality players.

The defender said he was happy to remain with Montrose because Hegarty’s experience and contacts in the game mean it should be a fiercer Gable Endies team this year.

The manager’s been in the game for a long time and really knows his stuff.

Paul Watson

Watson believes there’s been a real buzz about Links Park since Hegarty and John Holt took the reins at the club and said the only way is up after a bitterly disappointing campaign last season.

He said: “I’m happy to sign on again. I agreed last weekend with the manager. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully we can have a different kind of season to the last one. This will be my fourth season with the club.

“Since the manager and John Holt came in there’s been a good buzz about the place. We started to pick up results towards the end of the season.

“I enjoy the club, it’s a good club to be at. I work in Montrose and live in Monifieth. There’s good people at the club. There’s a new surface to be laid as well so it’s a promising time, we’re looking forward to it.

“It couldn’t really be any worse than last season and we want to push on from here.

“But it’s not going to be easy because other teams will be strengthening as well to avoid being in the position we were in last season.

“It’s up to the management to bring in the right type of quality to make sure we avoid that, and obviously the players to do the business.

“It’s a good starting point with who’s signed already. The boss knew early doors who he wanted to keep on.

“We needed a clear out, the league position tells the story and we needed some fresh faces.

“Some players needed to leave to find a new challenge.

“It’s quality we need to stay away from the bottom of the league. It’s not quantity, it’s quality.

“It’s tough to attract players up to Montrose. Players up north are all tempted into the Highland League and players in the central belt are difficult. It’s tough.

“The manager’s contacts and experience are another reason for me deciding to stay on. He’s been in the game for a long time and really knows his stuff.

“That will have an influence who he brings in to the club, even if it’s just loan signings.”

Meanwhile Hegarty confirmed his search goes on for players to join his Links Park revolution, with many targets hoping to secure deals with bigger clubs.

The manager is disappointed that he won’t be able to get a full pre-season into new players but said that’s just how it is.

He said: “We had our first training session on Saturday and it went well.

“We’re still trying to get players in and it’s a problem for every club with players on holiday or hanging fire for the best deals they can get.

“When you sign players at this time you get a full pre-season out of them, so it’s unfortunate that these players miss that.”