New boss excited by club’s potential on and off pitch

Lee Rough

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New Kirkcaldy YM manager Lee Rough says he’s excited by the potential of the club, both on and off the park.

Rough replaced Andy Healy at the Denfield club this week after the previous gaffer stepped down from the post.

Having been assistant boss at the YM recently, it’s a club the new boss knows well and is determined to help develop into not only one of the Kingdom’s best junior sides, but also place at the heart of the town.

Rough, who has been involved with various youth and adult clubs for 14 years, reckons there is a lot about this current side for the town to be excited about.

He said: “There is so much potential here - a lot of the players have just turned 18 and are going up against grown men on a Saturday and competing with them.

“It shows that the future is very bright.”

Despite their youth, YM’s youngsters continue to punch above their weight each week and sit in a healthy eighth position in the McBookie.com South Division.

Results have understandably been patchy as the young side battles for consistency, but Rough says the side will be all the better for it.

“Our aim this year is just to have some stability,” he said.

“After that we’ll look at building things up and pushing on next season.”

But that building won’t just be spared for the park, with the manager hoping to build links and increase the club’s profile within the community.

“The days of spending thousands on players are gone now,” he said.

“So we’ve got to focus on bringing through our own players and becoming a community club that Kirkcaldy can be proud of.

“We have five or six colt teams but want to look at bridging the gaps we have between them to create a pathway for players to progress right through.”