Wednesday 5th October 2016

SONS head of youth development Tony McNally’s ambitions for his academy players are high.

Coming in to a new job is always daunting, however Tony is inherited a system that is working well.

He said : As I’ve mentioned bfore, I’ve been able to maintain and build on the good foundations laid by others and with a few wee tweaks we have established a pathway for players.

“It was important to speak with manager Stevie Aitken and receive his backing for what I wanted to do.

“Stevie has been very supportive. We have a good working relationship and that will continue to thrive.”

Tony has managed to create a pathway for players who need further development inan environment where they will be tested.

He continued: “We have three very promising youngsters at junior clubs with two having established themselves and the third maing the move just last weekend.

“Kyle Prior is a lad I have high hopes of and he’s at Vale of Clyde. He’s adapted to the junior level very well and is getting regular games.

“The physical aspect of football is important and he’s laerned quickly and is now able to make good footballing decisions.

“Vale of Clyde manager Ian Currie has been great with Kyle and I’d like to thank him and his assistant George O’Malley for taking a chance.”

Tony also has Cameron Hambleton, a centre half on loan at Irvine Vics.

“Unfortunately for Cameron he’s currently sidelined with an injury but before he sustained that, he was receiving plaudits from Stevie Wilson who is the Vics manager.”

And just last weekend ahead of Sons game against Queen of the South, Jay Cameron secured a deal to go on loan to Newmains.

“Jay needs a different challenge and he’ll get that at Newmains.”

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