East Fife have pulled off a fine piece of business by securing the services of Ross Brown for a further two years.
That’s according to boss Gary Naysmith who reckons the young midfielder has what it takes to hit the very top in the game.
The boss is realistic enough to realise that he may not reach that level with the part-time Fifers, but says having Brown at the club while he develops into a abetter player will be beneficial for the youngster and the Methil men.
Naysmith said: “His deal is thoroughly deserved.
“He’s made 16 or 17 starts this season and if he hadn’t picked up his injury he’d be over 20 by now which is fantastic for a young lad in his first full season.
“Ross I think, and I’ve said this to the chairman and I don’t think the fans will mind be saying this, should be using East Fife as a stepping stone.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that he can push on from us and go into full-time football.
“What is important is that for the next couple of seasons he stays here and gets maybe 80 to 100 games under his belt.”
Brown made the break through this season after being part of the East Fife youth set up for some years.
Former boss Willie Aitchison showed the confidence in the midfielder to start him in the centre of the park from the season’s start.
“There’s still lots that he can work on, tactically and technically,” said Naysmith.
“But what he is is a willing listener.
“He has a fantastic work ethic; he’s powerful and has an eye for a goal.
“I fully believe when we get him through a good pre-season, working on his upper body and a running programme, I think he’ll be a different player altogether.”