Monday 21st August
Ross Sinclair is a youngster many will keep an eye on in the coming seasons as one of the club's brightest young prospects.
The goalkeeper, who comes from Scone, made the step up in the summer from U17s football to the U20s development side but due to his age can still play for the younger age level. Last season, Ross won the league with the U17s side and his performances in the Youth Academy over the last few years have led to him being involved at times with Scotland's national development camps.
Daniel McGourty spoke to the 16 year old ahead of tomorrow night's match, the SPFL Development League opener away to Hamilton Accies.
Q. What was it like being involved in the Scotland setup?
A. Obviously it was good, I’ve not been in it for the last couple of years. When I was there, there was good players and training and it looks great for the club.
Q. Do you think that made you a better player?
A. Yes. It definitely motivates you to become a better player and shows you’re one of the best in the country.
Q. Do you have any goals for this season?
A. Mainly I want to play as many games for the U20s as I can but, because I’m still young, I’m only 16, if I don’t play there I can play for the seventeens. I’m just trying to push myself, play professionally, and train with the first team goalkeepers every day. I just want to push on and get games for the U20s and become a better player.
Q. How did it feel to sign your first professional contract?
A. It felt good, really good. I’ve came up through this club and signed for the team I watched growing up. It’s been good, obviously coming in was a big step up for me but I’ve managed so far and I’ve settled in well.
Q. What is your footballing dream?
A. Play, obviously I want to play first team football, get to the best club I can, but it's just about the work I put in and hopefully playing for my country when I’m older.
Q. Do you have any match day superstitions?
A. Not really, I just think about the match and what I can do. Obviously, I’ve got some tunes for the changing room, it’s the same ones most of the time, just trying to get pumped up for the game.
Q. Did you have a favourite footballer growing up?
A. My idol was Edwin Van Der Saar, the Manchester United Goalkeeper. I watched him play, watched him every week on TV. Obviously I want to be like him.
Q. Who has had the biggest influence on your footballing career?
A. It has been my family. Mum and Dad have driven me every place, just helping out, they bought me gloves and boots. They’re the ones who have helped me the most. My brothers as well, they have had to miss out on stuff just so my Mum and Dad could take me places but they always ask about how I got on.
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