It’s the first week back to pre-season for all the players, whilst it’s also been a busy week for manager Darren Young, who has been busy preparing for another season. He spoke to us, giving his take on the appointment of goalkeeping coach Lindsay Hamilton, changes to the Challenge Cup, trialists and the announcement of our friendly against Falkirk.
“In terms of our pre-season training, it will be similar to last season except we will have less games as the cup games will be coming thick and fast each midweek.
“We’ll have several trialists in, and depending on how they do we will either look to sign them or move on to some others. We also have two offers in for players at the minute so we are waiting to hear back if we have been successful or not.”
Whilst friendlies against big clubs like Motherwell and Celtic have been announced, on Saturday the 9th of July we’ll be hosting Peter Houston’s Falkirk, providing the boys with another big challenge against top opposition.
“It’s great for the players and also for the fans to get to see us play against teams that have that wee bit of quality. It will also be a good measure for ourselves to see how we are as a team shaping up for the season ahead.
It’s good that they are trying to change things around a bit with the cup so we will see how it goes after we have played the games.”
Last week, Rovers also appointed Scotland National ladies goalkeeping coach Lindsay Hamilton, a signing Young believes will go a long way in allowing Ross Stewart to develop even further.
“Lindsay is a great guy who will fit in well at the club. He will bring a wealth of experience to the club and is also helping out at international level. We’re confident that he will help to push Ross on to another level and also whoever else we bring in to challenge for the number one jersey.”