With our promotion to the SPL came the need to review our youth development structure with SPL clubs being obliged to run a side to compete in the Under 19 (since superceded by Under 20) League and the nucleus of that squad came from the previous season's league-winning Under 17 side bolstered by some new, young faces from the summer of 2009.
Former Dundee United and Rangers defender Alec Cleland (pictured left) is our Under 20 coach, a move he held with Inverness Caledonian Thistle prior to joining Saints.
Teams younger than this continue to be of great importance to the club and in December 2013 Alistair Stevenson (pictured below) returned to the club as Head of Youth Development for a second spell (having previously been at McDiarmid Park in the 1990s).
As at any club, the aim is to bring through young players that can be considered for first team duty and in recent times players such as Kevin Moon, Liam Caddis and Stevie May have all achieved this.
The Club is looking to build on its existing youth development structure and bring the best young talent possible to McDiarmid Park and of particular importance is trying to ensure that young players who stay in Perth and Kinross are not allowed to 'slip through the net'.
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