Kilbride Thistle AFC Manager Sean Kenney firmly believes the trio of younger at his Club won’t be phased by big challenges looming shortly – and that he has already identified a potential team captain in their ranks, writes Tom Scott.
The perception of young players today leans heavily on them having a bad attitude and being lazy, but the experienced boss, who demands high standards at training and on match days, does not subscribe to those opinions.
He said: “Young players get a bad reputation – no doubt about that!”
“We have three young lads who I want to highlight in your article. They joined us last season and the impact they have made has been excellent.”
“The trio are Keiran Lindsay and Jack Taylor (both 19), and 20-year-old Cameron Blair.”
“Given our experienced players bracket is 23-24 years, that says it all.”
“Keiran and Jack will also be playing for our new Under-20 Development team that is coming on board at Kilbride Thistle. What that means is they go from being the youngest in our First Team to the oldest at Under-20 level.”
“Keiran stands around 6ft 5ins and I asked him to sign after he played in a really demanding pre-season tournament at Falkirk. He scored in our third game.”
“Jack plays centre-back, strong tackling, and has the potential to be a future captain of the Club. I became Kilbride captain aged 21, and it was a great honour”
“If he wants it, it is all there for him!”
“He needs to talk more and add that to his game, but that will come through experience. If he doesn’t become a future captain, it will mean I will have done something wrong as a Manager.”
“Cammy first came to my attention when the team he played for, Irvine Thistle, used to train next to us on a weekly basis. He was always the first to arrive at the park, which impressed me immediately.”
“Good character and a really good football player. He actually approached me about coming to the Club.”
“All three are popular with the more experienced players and are well liked, which is essential in any dressing room.”
“I think highly of them.”
Photographs kindly provided by Kilbride Thistle Manager Mr Sean Kenney.