East Kilbride Football Club this week confirmed that they will be participating in the newly created East of Scotland Under-20 League in season 2014/15.
The move will see the existing Kilby Under-19's (pictured right, in action earlier this season) move from the Glasgow & District League into the East of Scotland set-up, acting as a reserve team for the clubs' Scottish Lowland Football League side.
After enjoying a very successful season in 2013/14, which saw FOUR Under-19 players step up to the first team, the move is seen as a natural progression for the talented group of youngsters who will sign full Scottish FA forms with the club, to allow greater synergy with the first team squad.
Kilby's home games in the Under-20 League and many of the away matches will be played on Friday evenings, which will allow promising youngsters the chance to also feature with the first team on Saturday afternoons.
Under-20's Manager Stewart Anderson told ekfc.co.uk, "This move represents a really exciting chapter for our yung players and is the final step from our youth academy to our first team. The Under-20 "reserve" players will now be able to move freely in and out of the first team with no registration changes required. With our first team this season completing for a place in the SPFL, and playing in the full Scottish Cup, our young players now have a massive incentive to push their way into the first team.
By operating in the Under-20 League, and Kilby possessing an SFA Licence, the Under-20's will also be able to complete in the Scottish Youth Cup, which could see them take on SPFL giants like Rangers & Celtic, another exciting development for the season ahead.
Another key change in the youth re-structure for Kilby in the close season has seen Graeme Mullin take over as Head Coach of the Under-17 Golds for 2014/15. Mullin, who has spent the last two season working with the Under-19's will now assume command of the Under-17 Golds, and has been tasked with replicating the successes of the last 24 months, which has paved the way for the formation of the Under-20 team.
Mullin commented, "When the opportunity arose for me to drop back to try and recreate our successes of the last two seasons, I felt that it provided a great opportunity to assemble a group of U-17 players who will be ready to hand over to our Under-20's two years from now, or much sooner if they progress quickly. I will be working right through the summer to recruit a group of quality players to meet this challenge and we will have an Under-17 team next season capable of competing at the top level of youth football."
With these exciting changes happening at K-Park over the summer, both Under-20 & Under-17 teams remain keen to recruit the highest calibre of player, and anyone interested in joining the club at these age groups can use the contact details below:
Stewart Anderson - 07967 565 155
Graeme Mullin - 0776 220 2053