A lack of youth football in the St Andrews area is hindering the development of promising young players.
That’s according to St Andrews United manager Phil McGuire, who this week released one of the club’s brightest prospects after being unable to guarantee him game time.
However, McGuire maintains that if there was a better ladder of progression for young players at his club then the youngster, Tom Whyte, may well have been able to stay on at The Parkk.
Instead Whyte moved on and this week has signed for Newburgh.
The lack of a clear link from youth football to the junior ranks is a source of frustration for McGuire.
He said : “Tom suffered due to the lack of u19 football in the area, which I would love to have at my disposal.
“This bridges a massive gap between 17-19 year olds and they could still be involved with the first team but still play competitive games at that level within the club’s structure.
“It is something we must address in the coming months and see if a community club with other members best suits the youths within our catchment area and bridges that gap.”
On the back of the transfer of the youngster, McGuire has reiterated his wish for St Andrews United to become a sporting hub for the area.
He added: “The location of the club the town the draw of tourists and everything associated with the town has to be a big attraction for investors.
“My dream would be to utilise all this to be able to have companies fund The Parkk to create a sports hub that would serve the community schools and football club for years to come.
“To be able to provide facilities which are accessible to the community would be a wonderful thing and would certainly give us a great opportunity to bring those young aspiring footballers through and provide fun and enjoyment for many in the area and outwith.
“The potential of the club is massive.”