Football “should hold no barriers” for Louis Appere.
The 21-year-old winger has been linked with Stoke City and Rangers, having enjoyed an impressive season at Dundee United.
He has played a key role in their rise to the top of the Scottish Championship, and his club form has led to a call-up for Scotland Under-21s.
He made his breakthrough at Tannadice Park after a stint in junior football at Broughty Athletic – and their president Jim Finlayson has predicted a bright future for the youngster.
“His attitude means football should hold no barriers for him. He’ll give everything he’s got,” he told the Evening Telegraph.
“He used us as a platform. It was a chance to get playing men’s football. He said he would give it his best shot.
“It was a fantastic opportunity and he took it with both hands. He came to us as a boy and left the club as a man.”
“He had a wee settling-in period over the first four or five games but, once he started banging in goals, he couldn’t stop. I think he got around 22 in his short time here,” he added.
“His attitude was phenomenal. He was no big-time Charlie – a nicer guy you couldn’t meet.
“Everyone at the club loved big Louis. He would come over from Fife on the bus two nights a week for training. Nothing was a problem for him. He would pick up the cones or lend a hand with the kit.
“On a match day, any instructions our manager Jamie McCunnie gave him, he carried them out to a T.”