PETRIE LANDS EXPERIENCED IRISH MIDFIELDER
Montrose FC have signed former Falkirk, Hibernian and St Johnstone midfielder Patrick Cregg on a 1 year deal, bringing both quality and experience to the Ladbrokes League 1 newcomers.
Manager Stewart Petrie successfully kept the nucleus of his League 2 winning side together over the summer, but knows he must bolster his squad ahead of what will be an exciting and challenging campaign for the Gable Endies.
Petrie said, “I am delighted Paddy has agreed to join us. He was in high demand with other offers on the table. He is exactly the kind of player we will need in League 1, bringing calmness and control in the middle of the park as well as a wealth of experience working with the players both on and off the pitch.”
The 32 year old Irishman came through the youth academies at Manchester United and Arsenal, making his senior debut for the Gunners in November 2004 in a 3–1 victory against Everton in the League Cup.
As a youngster Paddy also represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 level.
In January 2006, Cregg joined then Scottish Premier League club Falkirk, making over 100 appearances, netting 8 times and featuring in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final in 2009.
The following season, Paddy followed Manager John Hughes to Hibernian where he made 15 appearances for the Easter Road side.
Short spells followed at St Mirren and Bury before Cregg secured a 2 year stint at Premiership outfit St Johnstone, featuring 44 times for the McDiarmid Park men.
Returning to his homeland in 2014, Paddy signed for League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers where he made 65 appearances before joining Dublin rivals St Patrick’s Athletic.
In August last year Cregg returned to Scotland, signing for Angus neighbours Forfar Athletic, where he made 7 appearances before being released in January this year.
This brings Petrie’s squad size for the coming season back to 18 following the recent loss of Lewis Milne to full-time football at Raith Rovers.