Salvesen CFC have merged with Gala Fairydean Rovers to create a new under-20s team, which will play in the East of Scotland Development League from the start of the 2020/21 season.
It is hoped the move will benefit both teams, by creating a pathway for Salvesen’s youth players into Lowland League Football, and allowing matches to be more accessible to Borders'-based Gala, as the team will be based in the capital.
Kenneth Wood, a coach at Salvesen, said: “We lose players to senior teams, [and] as a consequence our teams are not as strong as they used to be.”
Kenneth contacted former Hibs and Celtic player, John Collins who had previously worked with Salvesen chairman Graeme Buckley at Livingston FC.
Through Collins’ connection with Gala Fairydean Rovers - he is an ambassador with the club - an opportunity arose for Salvesen and Gala to merge and form a new team.
“We both share the same football philosophy," Kenneth added, "so it made sense to join up and create a huge pool of talented young footballers.”
Kenneth, who will be part of the coaching staff in the new under-20s team, also said a large portion of the praise should go to Salvesen chairman, Graeme Buckley, who pulled the strings to make the move happen.
“Now the club are on the up and moving forward with Graeme on board, and with his knowledge and direction for the club it’s very exciting times ahead.”
“My aim is to raise the profile of our youth teams and produce players for the under-20s and eventually the first team,” said Wood, when asked about the future of the new team and his aims.
He continued: “Everything is in place and both clubs are delighted to work together and make this project a success.”
“It is a very exciting project to be involved in."