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Andrew Steeves: Why finding a footballing home at Montrose has been so special

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Football can be a funny old game and doesn’t always take you down the path first expected.Twists and turns, highs and lows and, sometimes, finding a place that becomes more than pulling on the jersey on a Saturday afternoon.In the case of Andrew Steeves, that very much rings true.

He’s in with the bricks at Montrose now and what a feeling that is.Seven special years and well in excess of 200 appearances with the Gable Endies has already created memories to last a lifetime.But still only 27, he is far from close to turning the final pages of a continuing success story and is passionate about improving further.Even if we return to the opening chapter of his young footballing career, a determination to impress was evident.Steeves’ love for that circular-shaped object we kick about started at Atholl Henderson’s famous community coaching sessions in Perth.

Saturday morning was not Saturday morning without them.“I was there as soon as you were able to go to the Saturday morning football,” laughs Steeves who, as a kid, attended Robert Douglas Memorial School in Scone.“What I do remember from it is that the pitches were named after different clubs.“You were buzzing if you were on the St Johnstone pitch.

You would run over to the pitch cheering. Brilliant.”You can imagine, then, how buzzing full-back Steeves was when he signed for St Johnstone at youth level and then progressed to eventually train with the first team.It started to get serious and there was a bit of a decision to make.

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