Brown Ferguson interview: Linlithgow Rose manager happy as three players agree to stay

Linlithgow Rose players Tommy Coyne, Willis Hare and Gary Thom have all agreed to sign new deals to remain with the club into next season.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 4:55 pm
Tommy Coyne, pictured at his August 2019 testimonial, has been a Linlithgow Rose player since way back in 2009 (Pic by Jamie Forbes)

With several of the Rose squad having penned two-year deals when they joined the Prestonfield outfit last summer, that means that 13 players are already definitely on board for the 2021-22 campaign.

"I'm very happy to get the three lads tied down," Rose manager Brown Ferguson told the Journal and Gazette.

"Tommy obviously started the season off with a knee injury. Coming back from that, you could see his value to the team with the goals that he scored and the performances.

"Gary overcame a couple of injuries during the course of the season, including breaking his arm, but his displays were outstanding.

"And Willis is a dream of a player to have in a squad. He can occupy different positions, so he's a dream of a guy to work with. He's great for the rest of the players with his work ethic, his attitude, all the rest of it.

"I'm delighted to have all three of them, and it just builds on the group that we've already got."

Ferguson will now work on trying to persuade remaining squad members out of contract this summer to stay with Linlithgow for another year.

"We are having conversations with the rest of them just now that are out of contract," he added.

"There was a huge turnover of players this time last year, but I'm pleased with the group that we've pulled together. Naturally there will be one or two players that move on because they are loan players etcetera.

"The target is to try and really focus in on the four or five players to bulk up the squad, not with numbers but with real quality, and we're trying to target players that can come in and start games of football.

"If we do that, then we’ve got a squad that can start games of football and be very effective.

"It’s where I wanted it to get to. We know we’ve got the core there. We’ve brought that to the club in the last year.

"Now it’s just a case of trying to find the wee missing pieces that we feel we need to get.”

Rose remain out of action as their league, the East of Scotland Football League’s premier division, is mothballed due to coronavirus restrictions.