THE oldest of the Sauchie faithful will tell you the sport has changed beyond recognition from the days of leather footballs and players heading to the pub on the eve of a game.

But, one part of the sport to have stood the test of time is the importance of belief and the difference it can make to a team.

That's certainly the case for new Sauchie striker Ross Cameron, who made the switch to the Wee County last week as Fraser Duncan finally added the firepower he's been craving in the Reds' bid to avoid the drop.

The former Stirling Albion player arrives in Clacks after ending a frustrating time with Premier Division rivals Camelon where a lack of minutes on the pitch culminated in his transfer listing by boss Gordon Herd.

It's no wonder the 21-year-old is already waxing lyrical about the faith shown in him by Duncan and assistant Davie Beaton.

"You are always looking to learn, but the big thing is to have someone who believes in you and believes in your ability," Cameron told Advertiser Sport.

"I spoke to a couple of boys at Camelon who played under the manager and they were all singing his praises and said it's a good management team to play for.

"I'd been at Camelon for the last year and a half, but hadn't been playing as much I hoped and for whatever reason the manager transfer listed me.

"Fraser got in touch with me and Camelon and they thrashed out a deal to get me back playing again.

"I was happy to move when I heard they were interested in me."

Duncan has made no secret his desire to add a frontman to support Mark Mooney and David McCaughie, with the boss all too happy to exhaust his little black book in his extensive search.

And Cameron is delighted to have answered Duncan's call and can't wait for the chance to help Sauchie in their survival bid.

He said: "I am looking forward to getting the chance to start playing again and they were able to pretty much match my wages from Camelon.

"After speaking to the manager and getting his thoughts on me, the club, and how he wanted to play, he really sold it to me.

"You just need to keep your head down, work hard and hopefully get your chance [when you are not getting game time] but I knew they wanted rid of me.

"I just had to play whenever I got the chance and hoped someone was watching me and interested in me. I knew it was only a matter of time."

Cameron linked up with his new team-mates at training last week and says he is already impressed with the quality of football on show.

He added: "Training was all football-based and that's always a positive with a good tempo.

"You want to train the way you play and it helps you to get sharp and good on the ball."