Yesterday saw the announcement of the 12 teams that will compete in next season’s Scottish Lowland Development League.
One new aspect which stands out is the increase in number of sides featuring in the division, with last year pitting eight teams against each other. Also, the division is now under the ownership of the Lowland League, rather than the East of Scotland League, who have been in control for recent years, which will now provide a direct player pathway into the senior Lowland League.
A collection of sides will be new to this division, such as Preston Athletic and BSC Glasgow, whereas Development League regulars Edinburgh City, whose senior team won the Lowland League itself last year, and Edinburgh University take their spot in the division once again.
Another side that will compete in the league this season is the EduSport Academy, who carry a unique football story with them. The club and academy, based around Glasgow, were created in 2011 with the intention of producing and developing French prospects in the climate of Scottish Football, offering a completely different experience from back home. They also aim to mould French players into the English language and Scottish culture, positively developing them as people as well as athletes.
They will also be joined by new boys, Cumbernauld Colts and Civil Service Strollers.
"We are delighted that we have so many teams interested in playing in the League," league secretary Gary McLelland told the Lowland League website.
"This is a great opportunity for the clubs taking part to compete at a very high standard and I am sure fans will enjoy watching the football on offer."
The campaign will commence on Friday the 28th August, which promises to be the beginning of an exciting year.
The 12 Lowland Development League teams are: