New Stenhousemuir manager Scott Booth is relishing the chance to use the experience of his youth to develop Ochilview’s young players.
Youth development is high on the former Scotland coach’s agenda - as well as leading the first-teamto the play-offs.
Booth already has an insight into the machinations of the club’s link-up with the SFA’s Forth Valley Academy which the Warriors contribute to with Falkirk.
Through those ties the 42-year-old is linked again with former manager Alex Smith - who started his own managerial career at Ochilview.
“He is a good man and was always an advocate of young players and giving them a chance - he still is,” Booth told The Falkirk Herald.
“He had an appetite for developing young players and when he saw good players he got them involved quickly.
“That is something that has stuck with me all through the years and I plan to incorporate that into my job at Stenhousemuir - develop talented young players and take them on a little bit more and pushing them further so when the time comes they’re ready.
Booth came through with “a good crop” of players at Aberdeen and always knew he was being watched.
“At Aberdeen I trained on the gravel opposite Pittodrie and there was a definite tie-in with the club and youth. Alex Ferguson would come out and watch training - not every night - but you’d be aware he would be taking an interest. There was a sense if you worked, you could see where you could go.”
The new Warriors chief also admitted being impressed by the club’s community presence: “ There are many facets and we need to bring them all together.
“My main objective is the first team and getting results, but to the same degree in the background, we need to have an effective academy and community programme.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with young groups and have contacts across the country. It’s important we are aware of the best talent locally and further afield - in order to entice the best to Stenhousemuir.
“We need to show there is a first-team opportunity and pathway available here and let players know we are watching them and their progress. ”