Eyemouth United boss Max Scott is lining up a number of Edinburgh-based players to strengthen his squad for next season.
But he intends to make sure that the bulk of his pool come from the local area and continue to train in Eyemouth.
The former Civil Service Strollers player and assistant manager took over at Warner Park six weeks ago to begin what is his first managerial post.
Scott has been pleased by the players’ response so far, but is keen to add quality more and experience over the summer.
“I’ve got a lot of players lined up,” he said. “They are all East of Scotland players. But we can’t offer them any money, so it’s a case of getting them down there. They will enjoy it because they are all nice people at Eyemouth. When I was there as a player, all the Edinburgh-based players loved it.”
Scott enjoyed four seasons at Eyemouth around the turn of the century and has never lost his affection for the club.
“They were a good club back then and they are a good club now,” he said. “Douglas Aitchison was the chairman back then, and he is still chairman today. And Gary Smith was there.
“They are all nice people at Eyemouth and easy to get on with. And I’ve got help from Gary Smith, who has been great.”
Scott played for Hawick Royal Albert, Coldstream, Eyemouth and a few other clubs, but his longest association is with Civil Service Strollers.
On and off, Scott spent ten years at the Edinburgh club as a player and most recently as assistant manager. With Strollers bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division, he resigned at the end of last year round about the time manager Andy Raeburn decided to step down.
But even though he is now manager of Eyemouth, he is still the Strollers groundsman.
When the Eyemouth job was advertised in January, following the departure earlier in the season of Carl Hudson to Duns, Scott saw it as an opportunity. But only after former Coldstream manager Jim Mclean gave him a nudge in the right direction.
“Jim McLean phoned and said why don’t you go for it. That put the idea in my head. So I phoned and then went down for the interview. Twenty minutes later I had the job, so it must have gone well.”
Scott has kept the squad together since taking over, and hopes to add to it in the close season. “When I took over there were 24 signed players and they have all stayed.
“So it’s been a case of getting to know them and getting over how I want them to play. I’m down in Eyemouth every Tuesday and Thursday.
“I don’t want to take the whole team from Edinburgh. That was what happened the last time I was there. I’d rather we still have players from the Borders.
“It all depends how many I have, but what I might do is train Monday and Wednesday in the city with the Edinburgh boys to make sure they train. And I would travel down on a Tuesday and Thursday for training with the local boys.”
Scott says he is prepared to commit himself to four nights of training a week.
“It is a lot of commitment and a lot of time for me to give up, but I’d rather make sure they are training the way I want them to.”