CENTRAL defender Michael Rose has lofty ambitions for Ayr United after penning a new one-year deal.

And midfielder Jamie Adams is also optimistic.

Rose told Ayr United Media: "We have gone up a league and when you look at how well Livingston have done, that gives the boys a lot of confidence. I want to keep my standards up and get as high up a finish in the league as possible. We have a good group of boys and that is the main for reason for people staying. I had interest from elsewhere but the manager and players made me want to stay as well as the way things went last season. I want to aim for the playoffs although know that will be really hard."

Adams is also relishing the new campaign and said: "I had a wee chance to try something different but decided to give it a go there. I know the manager and assistant Neil Scally well and the fans have been brilliant since I got there. The dressing room kept me here and that's what got us over the line The boss has done really well to keep the boys together, hopefully we can add a few faces. It will be a tough, competitive league. We just want a good season and win as any games as we can. But we must take each one as it comes.

United have also given a three year contract to Scotland Under-16 international goalkeeper Finn Ecrepont, who has come through the Ayr United Academy ranks.

Manager Ian McCall said he was "delighted" the player is staying on and believes he has the potential to do very well.