Dundee boss John Brown is backing his returning young guns to have a big impact next season.
The gaffer, confirmed on a two-year deal recently, is keen to give youth a chance, with the Dark Blues set to ply their trade in the second tier of Scottish football.
Martin Boyle and Leighton McIntosh have been impressive while out at Montrose this season, and the likes of John Gibson and Jamie Reid have also gained valuable experience.
The purse strings are set to be tightened at Dens this summer, as the reality of First Division football bites.
As a result, the return of the club’s on-loan youngsters could provide a much-needed boost to the Dark Blues’ ranks.
And Bomber believes his young players will be like a set of fresh faces for the club.
He said: “We have some young lads who will be like new signings for us next season.
“The likes of Martin Boyle, Jamie Reid and John Gibson have all gone away and got good experience under their belts.
“And, believe me, that will do them no harm.
“Next season we are going to need them in and around the squad to provide good competition for places.”
Putting faith in youth is the stark reality faced by Bomber, with a number of the club’s stars set to be coveted by other SPL sides.
Tentative contract talks with a number of players have begun in recent weeks but Bomber is realistic.
He said: “What you’ve seen in the majority of the games since I’ve taken over is that we’ve looked better than our opponents.
“These players have shown they are better than First Division level.
“And you would think some of these players will attract interest.”