Campbell hails experienced additions to Montrose squad

Ross Campbell (Montrose)Just beats Michael Bolochoweckyj(Clyde)to the ball. Photo by Phoenix Photo Shop.
Ross Campbell (Montrose)Just beats Michael Bolochoweckyj(Clyde)to the ball. Photo by Phoenix Photo Shop.

Montrose utility man Ross Campbell hailed the arrivals of Jamie Clarke and Chris Templeman as Paul Hegarty adds much-needed experience to the squad.

Clarke got the side’s first goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Clyde with a stunning volley but it was his general play that was even more impressive, the ex-Arbroath man strolling the midfield with great authority.

Campbell’s former Forfar Athletic teammate Templeman came off the bench for a short cameo despite lacking fitness, and the towering striker showed a great example of what he’s bringing to Links Park.

For Ross it’s no surprise how the duo performed and the striker hopes the team can remain positive moving forward.

And Campbell, who has featured in a variety of positions in recent months as Hegarty tries to navigate a serious injury crisis, says he’s happy to play wherever his manager asks.

Ross said: “The guys really love what they’re doing here and everyone is behind the management. There’s a bit of a boost with a couple of players coming in with Jamie Clarke and Chris Templeman signing, so we’re feeling a bit more positive.

“I know Templeman really well from Forfar, he’s a lovely person and a fantastic footballer. Obviously his time at Forfar has finished so we were delighted to bring him in and use his experience.

“That’s a couple of players over 30 coming in and that helps the young boys. We’ve got great energy and enthusiasm but that bit of experience really adds to the squad. With boys hopefully coming back from injury then the next few weeks will hopefully look a bit brighter than they have.

“I think it’s a deserved win. Ultimately the sending off has helped us. Clyde are one of the best teams in the league, you can see that by the credentials of their management and players.

“The red certainly helped. For the sending off it was actually a great bit of play from us and I think there were spells of that throughout the game, there were wee sections where we showed some really good play. “It doesn’t bother me moving position, I’ve told the manager I prefer playing up front because I think that’s where I’m most effective but I’d play anywhere for him. That’s just the type of player I am.

“I’ve no problem if Gary and Chris get the jerseys up front. Chris wasn’t even fit, that’s why he was on the bench. He braved it in that 15 minute appearance and his arrival helped us get through to full-time.”

“I think it’s consistency. What I found last season when I came in was teams put together wee runs in this league. Remember East Stirling went on a wee run, so did Berwick Rangers but we never did.

“So I think it’s very important to do that. Last week was almost as good as these two victories at home because it’s another point, you keep adding to your total and you move away from teams.

“There are still a lot of games left. The next few will determine whether we’re looking up or down, but if the manager is actively trying to bring in a few more players then we can remain positive and push on.”