A YOUNG Alloa footballer has signed for Dundee United after being scouted for two months.

Liam Spiers played for Alloa as a young boy before joining Stirlingshire club Milton.

After a short spell there, his mum Lisa and grandfather Jim were approached by the club's manager, asking if he could pass the family's details on to a scout from the Tayside club who had been following Liam's progress.

Liam was then invited for two trials and after scoring two goals in his first trial, he was contacted the following day and invited to sign for the club.

Jim, nine-year-old Liam's grandfather, played junior football for years and always knew that Liam had a special talent.

He said: "It's incredible the way he puts the goals in.

"When he was five or six he started playing with Alloa, [then] he was with Milton maybe a season and a half."

Liam's ability didn't go unnoticed and at the last game before the Christmas break, Jim and Lisa were told a Dundee United scout had been watching him for eight weeks and wanted the family's information.

He was invited to Tannadice, Dundee Utd's ground to showcase his skills and caught the eye of club officials in no time.

Jim said: "They were obviously after him. He didn't get a chance to say no."

Liam has played for Milton both on the right wing and through the middle and knows how to find the net.

Jim was in Tenerife when Liam scored nine goals in one game and although he would have loved to have seen the goals, he's happy with the money he saved.

He said: "Luckily I wasn't there because I was on holiday.

"I saved myself £9 because when he signed for Milton I told him I'd give him a pound a goal."

What's obvious is the pride in Liam's family and Jim is clearly excited for the youngster's future.

"It's absolutely brilliant for him," he said. "He's over the moon."