David McWilliams is hoping to become the next rising star to emerge from the Queen’s Park set up after joining the Hampden club.
The defender made a name for himself at Campsie Black Watch last season and has now taken the step up to the seniors.
Queen’s Park has proven to be a successful forum for young talent to develop, with some of Scotland’s most prodigious youngsters cutting their teeth on the Hampden turf.
Blair Spittal, Lawrence Shankland and Aidan Connolly are among the latest names to have moved into Scotland’s top flight from Queen’s Park.
However, their most successful find is undoubtedly left-back Andrew Robertson, whose exploits for Dundee United earned him a call up to the national team.
McWilliams, from Kilsyth, is confident he can follow their example and become another product of the Queen’s Park conveyor belt of talent.
He said: “Taking the step was always going to be a challenge but I’m confident I can establish myself in the team this year.
“Queen’s Park has become well known for producing talented young players so I just have to work hard and hope I can reach that level.
“I will have a lot of work ahead of me if I’m going to do what the likes of Andrew Robertson has done, but this will be the ideal place to learn.
“There is a top coaching staff; the facilities are second to none and the club is so professional in the way it deals with players.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better move so it’s all up to me now to get my head down and prove myself.
“The prospect of playing at Hampden every other week is something I’m looking forward to as well.”
Though Queen’s Park are based at the national stadium, McWilliams will have to wait until the new year to walk out onto the park.
Due to the Commonwealth Games, Hampden will be out of action until January, with Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium being shared in the meantime.
McWilliams added: “It’s a bit of a disappointment having to wait until then, but I can’t wait to play there.
“There is still plenty to look ahead to in the near future though, and I’m hoping to be in the team for the League Cup game against Rangers next month.
McWilliams is set to work under fellow defenders Chris Hillcoat and Gus MacPherson — a former Scottish Cup winner with Kilmarnock.
“The management staff will be perfect for me” he said. “They both have experience at a high level as defenders.
“And if I ever have any questions, I know I’ll be able to go to them and talk it through.”