Fraserburgh midfielder Johnny Chalmers’ midfield performance last Saturday, as Fraserburgh hosted Nairn County in the opening day of the Highland League season, epitomised the Broch’s belief in their youth system.
Praising the performance of his youngsters in their winning effort against title favourites Nairn County, who have strengthened their side in the off-season, manager Kris Hunter said: “We’ve faith in our youth structure.
“Our youth structure is very important for us getting the next stage of players through, the next up-and-coming talent, and we’ve done that.
“You look at Courtney [Cooper] as a season older, Johnny Chalmers I thought was tremendous, Scott Fowlie is only still 19, Ryan Cowie coming on at the end there is only 20.
“Scott Barbour, he’s been in the league a couple of years, but he’s only turning 21.
“We don’t need to go and spend money, we bought Grant Noble at the end of last season and he’s like a new signing to us as well, because his moment is excellent and he’ll fit into our team really well.
“We’re really happy with the squad and we’ve still got Ryan Chritie [and] Bryan Hay to come back,” he added.
The Broch will also be boosted in future games by the returning Graham Johnston who has served a ban.
On Chalmers himself, the boss commented: “Johnny’s done really well this pre-season and he’s warranted his starting place in the team.
“The crowd just feed off him, the amount of energy he gives out. He’s a very talented player as well, and he’s got a great future in front of him.
“Now is the time,” challenged Hunter “for him to start getting more games and bedding himself into the team.”
With a youth system evidently working at the Broch, Chalmers and his peers may have to continue to put in match-winning shifts to find themselves on the starting sheet throughout this season, lest another up-and-coming star take their place.
The Broch will travel to Buckie Thistle for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, August 10, in search of another win.