Robbie Holden has spoken of his lofty ambitions after being confirmed as the new manager of Jeanfield Swifts.

Holden and his team - Richie Montgomery (assistant), Bally Whytock (coach), Chris Anton (coach), Nathan Downs (goalkeeping coach) and Amber Shearer (physio) - have made the move to the Riverside from fellow Perthshire outfit Luncarty.

It was there he helped the Bleachers earn promotion to the Premier Division as well as two trophy triumphs, one of which secured qualification for the Scottish Cup.

While a difficult decision to make, Holden admitted the draw of the managerial move was too great. He spent many years as a player at Swifts.

Holden explained: “We first had a conversation around January but, at the time, we didn’t think it was right because of where we were in the season.

“We talked about it for the end of the season and, after speaking with the coaching team, we agreed it was the right move for us.

“We had a brilliant time at Luncarty - a great season - but this was an opportunity we felt that we had to take.

“I have history here as a player, Bally Whytock too and Chris Anton was captain of the club.

“There would not have been many places we would’ve left for because of the connection we had at Luncarty. But a lot of things made sense with this.”

Holden has wasted no time in adding to his new Swifts squad and has already acquired the services of midfielder Pat Brown from Kinnoull and Olly Hamilton, an attacker, who he knows well from Luncarty.

“There is a brilliant set of players at this club,” Holden told the PA. “We want to add to that.

“We’ve brought in a couple already and there are three or four more I’m working on.

“Pat ticks a lot of boxes and has done brilliantly for Kinnoull. He is a real handful, he is a winner, is young and is hungry.

“Olly is a different type of player but is another in his early 20s and works his socks off for the team. He knows how we want to play.”

The Premier Division is shaping up to be particularly interesting on the Perthshire front with Swifts, Luncarty and Kinnoull all set to battle it out for local bragging rights.

Holden insists Swifts will be aiming for the very top after a few near-misses at promotion over the years.

“If you look at the league through the years, Jeanfield have been at the top end for large parts of the season but then fallen away,” he said.

“There have been some unfortunate times with injury and, had the squad had a couple of players to help with those periods, it might have been enough to get over the line.

“We want to win every trophy we are competing in next season.

“I understand it will be a level up from the league I personally was in last season.

“But as a coaching team we are ambitious to win everything we take part in.”

Former Swifts boss Ross Gunnion will remain behind the scenes to help the new management team with the bedding in process.

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