A direct route to the Dundee first team that’s what boss John Brown is promising the club’s young up-and-coming stars.
With the club now plying its trade in the second tier of Scottish football, Bomber predicts chances will arise for those who impress in the Dark Blues youth set-up.
Relegation to the First Division has brought about a number of logistical problems for the manager.
Namely, budget restrictions have allowed him to hang on to just a fraction of his senior players.
In May, just days after the season ended, the gaffer took time to talk to the club’s youth players and their parents in a bid to sell Dundee’s vision.
He’s taken the approach that he’ll oversee everything at Dens from the first-team down something he did in the youth ranks at Rangers.
Envious of what rivals Dundee United have down the road at Tannadice, Bomber’s desperate to lay similar foundations at Dundee.
Player poaching is something the club may have suffered from in the past, according to Bomber, but he’s going to do his best to prevent the same happening again in the future.
“It’s going to take time to develop what Dundee United have,” he said. “But we do have some good kids coming through.
“The U/20s showed up very well at the end of the season.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if some of them came through into the first-team next season.
“We’re going to use our contacts to get a better level of young player in from the surrounding areas.
“Hopefully, we can bolster the quality of the youth programme.
“The kids will get a chance here there’s a direct route to the first-team.
“First and foremost, they have to prove to me they have the ability and mental toughness to play first-team football.”
On the books at Dens are a number of youngsters ready to make their mark.
Here we take a look at youngsters at all different levels of development, who could well make the difference in Dundee’s promotion push.
Picked out by Bomber as one to watch, Reid comes off the back of an impressive loan spell at Stenhousemuir.
Two goals in 14 appearances was enough to convince the manager of his worth.
Set for a big role, in his last game at this level he bagged the winner against Livingston at Dens in May 2012.
This is his time. The 21-year-old has been kicking around the first team for years, without ever making a position his own.
A neat ball player, not frightened to put his foot in, Benedictus is set to start at the heart of the Dundee defence. 2013/14 could well be the year he’ll grow into a consistent senior pro.
The ace in the pack. Set to be handed a deal on his 16th birthday, Wighton will get his chance in the first team.
In fact, the Scotland youth international’s performances at U/20 level have been so hot, the manager himself admits he’d have used him in the SPL, if rules allowed.
Set to partner Benedictus, Gallagher has to prove last season was no one off.
The free transfer signing from Clyde excelled in the SPL, he has to do the same in the First Division.
A level-headed young lad, Gallagher could be set for great things.
Goals are the currency former Montrose man Boyle deals in, and that’s exactly what Dundee need next season.
Billed as the next Nacho Novo, Boyle has pace to burn and knows where the net is. Eight in 14 this season for the Gable Endies proves that.
If he hits the ground running, it could be a ‘goal-den’ year for the Dark Blues.
And the others: James Thomson, Leighton McIntosh and John Gibson.
All three are here to stay. And all three will be needed from time to time.
Expect Gibson to be back-up to an experienced keeper, Thomson will deputise anywhere across the back four and McIntosh will be used more of an impact man off the bench.