St Johnstone have high hopes of their latest acquisition, 18-year-old central defender Alex Kitchen.
He has joined from Newcastle United on a two-year contract and has come to Saints highly recommended.
Alex is likely to play most of his football for the U/20 side but will be pushing for inclusion in the first team.
Youth supremo Alistair Stevenson said: “Alex has a good build, he has a good attitude and is, basically, a good defender who uses the ball well.
“His registration didn’t come through in time for him to feature in the 1-0 U/20 win over Dundee United at Tannadice but he should be able to play in this coming Tuesday’s home U/20 match against Inverness Caley Thistle.”
Saints have snapped up some bright young talent in the last few weeks. Among the new boys are midfield players Scott Brown, who has come in from Bradford City and Dylan Easton from Berwick Rangers.
Alistair went on: “These promising young lads all train with the first team and they have the ability to do well in the game.
“They will get a chance to show what they can do and we are hopeful they will perform very well.”
Meanwhile, striker Gregory Tade, who left Saints in the close season for Romanians CFR Cluj, is enjoying life in Romania although he admits to “missing Scotland”.
He added: “My time was up with Saints but the team is doing well enough without me and I still keep in touch with the boys.”