We need some old heads to help our oung team

Dave Baikie
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Tayport manager Dave Baikie has pinpointed a lack of leadership on the pitch as an area to address as he looks to get his team back in to the East Super League.

The Canniepairt side were relegated but the ‘Port boss is confident that a few experienced players will help get his side back near the top of the table.

“We were disappointed at the way the season ended obviously,” he said. “But looking at it positively we did rally in the latter part, and got ourselves quite close to a play off place. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, so now we just need to get on with it.

“If we can continue to improve as we did, which was steady if not spectacular, then we should do quite well.

“We have a lot of young players in the squad which bodes well for next season because I saw progression with them.”

Baikie will look to strengthen the side over the summer and hopes to add a few older heads to his young squad.

“I feel we have to get in some experienced players because at the moment that part is missing from the team.

“We need someone who will bring leadership and guidance, who will be a calming influence, who you see players looking around to - that’s something we need to address.”

Tayport’s objective is to win promotion at the first time of asking but Baikie warned supporters that it will be a tough task.

“Getting out of the division is not going to be easy,” he said.

“There are some good sides in there and we will need to be on the ball, but of course we want to win and to get promotion.

“I’ve had half a season here so I think I’ve put my stamp on the side already but it’s a steady progression.

“I need to work with the younger players and get them to be better with their decision making, which will help them to cope. It’s a new start, a new season and I’m looking forward to it.”