On December 18, Fraser Bryden was part of a hardy bunch of travelling Ayr fans who watched their team thumped at Queen of the South.That dark day in Dumfries signalled the end of Jim Duffy's short reign as United boss - and set off a remarkable chain of events that would propel Bryden from the stands to the pitch.The teenager, who made a dramatic first team bow under new boss Lee Bullen on Saturday, is now pinching himself after sealing a long term contract at Somerset.Dailly schoolkid Bryden had barely set foot inside the corridors of the famous old ground until two weeks ago - now his name is up in lights but his feet remain firmly on the ground.
He told the Ayrshire Post: "My phone hasn't stopped since Saturday night and the whole thing is just surreal to me. "I got the call from Davie White when he was made interim manager because he knew me from the 18s squad."That opportunity to come in and train with the first team was such a buzz and to be honest, my only thought was making the most of it."It still hasn't sunk in that I'm sat here two weeks later having made my first team debut and now have a professional contract."Former Carrick Colts star Bryden immediately caught the eye when joining up with Ayr's first team.And he impressed United's interim coaching staff enough to bag a place on the bench against Arbroath.The rest is history with new gaffer Bullen showing instant faith to pitch him on for the last 20 minutes against the Lichties.But Bryden, who attends Kilmarnock's Grange Academy and its SFA Performance School, insists his head won't be turned by the whirlwind of instant fame.He said: "My mates are all buzzing because I've gone from standing next to them on the terracing to playing for the first team.TheRead more on dailyrecord.co.uk