Raith Rovers have moved to tie up their most promising starlet on a long-term contract.
Seventeen-year-old Reece Donaldson has signed a two-year extension to his existing deal until July 2014.
The talented teen has featured prominently in the first team so far this season and the club see the signing as the next step in his development.
Manager John McGlynn said: “We’re delighted that Reece has accepted our offer. We feel he has potential and it’s now up to Reece to continue developing as a player.
“I’ve known Reece for a couple of years now and I think he will do that, so that’s why we’ve offered him the contract. We’re pleased that he’s committed himself to Raith Rovers, just as I’m sure that Reece is pleased that the club has committed itself to him.’’
McGlynn was keen to point out that Donaldson is a product of the Rovers’ Youth Academy.
He said: “We’ve had an academy for a few years now and bringing through young players can be difficult and Reece is one that has come through.
“He’s been with us since he was 14, broke into our reserve team when he was 15 and is now playing in our first team at 17.
“He’s shown that he’s a good defender. He’s very two-footed and athletic which you need to be in the modern game. He listens well and is willing to learn from the more experienced players around him.
“It’s a big plus for our academy and it sends the message out that if you’re good enough you’ll get a chance at this football club, no matter what age you are.
Flying the flag
“We hope that others will see that Reece is flying the flag and that they will come to the fore. And if they’re good enough, we’ll pick them.’’
Donaldson, who has been playing at right back, was delighted to have been given a contract extension: “It’s been great to break into the first team at 17 but I need to keep my feet on the ground and learn.
“I’ve been getting a lot of help from the other players like Grant Murray and Laurie Ellis who talk me through the games.
“I’m always looking to the more experienced members of the team. Before I was in the first team I used to look closely at Craig Wilson to see want he was doing and try and bring it into my own game.
“My immediate goal is just to stay in the team just now. When I get a bit more experience in the future I hope to get to the highest level that I can.”