Barnsley loan defender Peter Ramage believes youth will blossom at Oakwell- and benefit the club in the long run.
Centre-back Ramage has been relishing his second loan spell at the club, having been brought in to add some much-needed experience to the Reds’ leaky defence.
And the 30-year-old, who has played in the Premier League with Newcastle United, is quite happy to be the elder statesman in the team as the squad’s younger players are given the opportunity to flourish by manager Danny Wilson.
“It’s a totally different group to when I was here the first time,” admitted Ramage.
“I look around the dressing room and I’m the oldest person in there. It’s a bit scary.
“But that’s a good sign because it’s about looking to bring young players through and to have that youth and exuberance in your squad.
“What I’ve seen is the willingness to do the ‘ugly’ side of things, which maybe last season we didn’t do very well.
“The boys have shown that side of the game and, before I came in, I think that had been questioned a little bit.
“But since I’ve been here the other lads have shown that - and it’s encouraging.
“It’s nice to see this club building for the future with these players.
“A lot of the players are on long-term deals, so it shows the club are investing in youth and talent. It’s a sign of progression.
“Maybe that’s not been done in the past, so going with a lot of young players is a good foundation for the future.”
The Reds return to action on Saturday away to Sheffield United in a South Yorkshire derby.
And, having come within a whisker of beating table-toppers Bristol City last Saturday, Ramage is confident the club can claim the result they desire.