Former Ireland international Jim Goodwin says he's determined to make the most of his opportunity after landing the position of manager with SPL side St Mirren.
The Waterford native, capped once at senior level, had earned a lot of praise in Scotland from his work with Alloa.
Just 34 years old when he was appointed as their manager, he led them to promotion to Scotland's second tier and then avoided relegation last season. And that record has convinced St Mirren to hand him the chance to manage in the top flight.
"I am absolutely delighted to have been offered the job as manager of this great club," said Goodwin (37).
"I had three wonderful seasons at Alloa and loved every minute of it, but the opportunity to come back to the place where I had my most memorable spell as a player was too good to turn down.
"This is a very proud moment for me and one I will never take for granted. I'm looking forward to meeting the staff and players next week, and genuinely can't wait to get started."
Goodwin was part of the Ireland side which won the U-16 European Championship title in 1998 and, having started at Celtic, played in the lower leagues in England before a 2010 move to Scotland. He was St Mirren captain when they won the League Cup in 2013.