Thistle midfield maestro Stuart Faulds believes Largs are shaping up for a strong season in the West of Scotland Football League.

Faulds believes that all players are responsible for their welfare - and hopes that everyone toes the line after recent Covid19 breaches at Aberdeen and Celtic.
The 21 year old, who this week started his career as a PE teacher, said: "I think everyone is looking after themselves and nobody wants to put anyone at risk - everyone is doing their 2m social distancing. 
"Everyone is in it together and it is important that we all do the right thing - it is a shame a few stupid footballers have not followed the rules and there have been breaches. It is a very serious situation.
"We have waited such a long time for the football to come back - we don't want to put that at risk by not following the rules.
"At training there has been no contact, there has been plenty of running, some ball work and shooting competitions."
This will be Faulds' third season at Thistle after joining at the start of the 2018/19 season as a graduate of the Ayr United footballing academy.
He said: "I was playing for Ayr United but was going to university to study to be a PE teacher and couldn't commit to training, and had to go out on loan. 
"I knew there was interest from Largs manager Stuart Davidson in me and I was delighted to go to Barrfields.
"I am maybe not the most glamorous of players; I specialise in winning the ball back from the opposition and setting up attacks."
The talented midfielder is highly regarded by fans for his industrious style and is always looking to make a clever pass.
Looking back at his first year at Largs, Faulds said: "We soon realised when we started putting 5.6, and 7 goals past teams that there was the potential for it to be a special season - at that time I was still training with the first team at Ayr but guys like Mark Millar in midfield was every bit as good as the boys at Ayr - you could tell Mark had played at a higher level by the way he struck the ball.
" I fitted in well with Graham Muir and Gary Fleming - it was a strong midfield - and a cracking season."
Faulds started his playing days as a youngster with the renowned Harmony Row.
He said: "I played five seasons for Harmony Row before playing for Ayr United and in my first season there we won every game in the league and many players came through at Ayr. I played three years with the Ayr U20s and won a lot of games and ended up training with the first team. On the season Ayr won League One I made five first team appearances including as a sub against Rangers in the Scottish Cup."
The match saw Rangers, who lined up with Alfredo Morelos and Kenny Millar, triumph 6-1 at Somerset Park, with Faulds coming on as a substitute later in the game.
Faulds recalled: "After a throw in, I dropped the shoulder to take the ball off Greg Docherty, who is still at Rangers, and he just wiped me clean out! 
"There is a photo which was taken at the time that makes it look like I took him out but the Sky tv footage showed otherwise!
"I really enjoyed my time at Ayr and playing with the first team alongside the likes of Lawrence Shankland was an unforgettable experience."
Faulds caught the eye of manager Stuart Davidson during a reserve clash between Ayr United and Morton.
The midfield ace said: "I was 18 or 19 and doing really well at the U20s – we had a really strong midfield including Luke McCowan and James Hilton - I even managed to get player of the year.
"Ayr boss Ian McCall was always really good with me. When I committed to university, he was very understanding and was nice enough to let me go out on loan to Largs Thistle.
"He took an interest in who I was playing each week for Largs, and I remember when I told him we were facing Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Cup final. Talbot had beaten Ayr earlier in the season in the senior Scottish Cup, so he was urging me to get one back on Talbot for the team. Unfortunately it was not to be."
Asked about his favourite games for Thistle, Faulds said: "The Scottish Cup replay at St Rochs and the quarter final 5-0 victory over Kilwinning were the two standout matches for me in our first season. They were two really big games and we were in big trouble at St Roch's 2-0 down and turned it round in the last 15 minutes. I had a chance to score in that game after dribbling past two or three defenders after nicking the ball off one of their defenders. However, I decided to square it to Mark as he had an open goal - and was the safe option!"
Last season's highlight for Scott was the storming 4-0 win over Troon at Portland Park and it was particularly memorable as he scored a rare goal.
He said: "We had lost one or two games - and it was a really important game - and I managed to get my first goal. We beat Troon 3-0 at Barrfields later in the season and that was a really important game too as we were sitting mid-table and we knew it would push us further away from the relegation zone. Last season we definitely lacked a bit of consistency but with an additional year of experience under our belts and some key signings, we should have a bigger and deeper squad and the quality is there for us to get more wins and hopefully go on a winning streak.
And last week, Faulds started his first step on the career ladder as PE teacher at St Luke's in Barrhead. He said: "It is a new start for me, and as a Barrhead boy, it is great to be teaching in my home town."
Now a fully fledged Largs Thistle player, the silky midfielder has made a big impact at Largs, having featured in 73 games over two seasons, and looks set to break the century mark of games in 2020/21.