MORE than a decade ago, Jamie Hamill made his senior debut for Kilmarnock against Hearts.
At the same time, Cameron Elliott was still midway through primary school.
Since then, Hamill has gone on to make more than 300 senior appearances, with Elliott – and a number of his team mates – still at the beginning of their careers.
Hamill’s experience is likely to be vital this season, with a dozen of Stevie Farrell’s new look squad under the age of 22.
At the same time, the new club captain is hoping Stranraer’s youngsters can help him as well.
He said: “At the end of the day, if I can help as many of the boys as I can throughout the year then it will benefit them.
“Obviously, I can learn from them at times as well because of their youthfulness.
“It is a good mix we have got at the moment and hopefully we can learn from each other.”
Hamill, who turned 32 at the weekend, had the opportunity to face former club Queen of the South in the opening Betfred Cup game.
The Blues would do themselves proud, racing into a 2-0 lead before a crazy five-minute spell before the break saw their opposition in front.
Queens would ultimately win 5-3 in an energetic opening day encounter - one of three group stage defeats for Stranraer.
Hamill said: “I thought we handled the occasion really well.
“A couple of young boys came in and did really well but at the end of the day it is still a negative result.
“I don’t think I have ever been involved in a game where we have lost three goals in the space of five minutes.
“You maybe lose one and even to lose two is criminal but to lose three is just you have basically hung yourself really.
“It’s a learning curve and hopefully we can move on and learn from it and take it into the rest of the season.”
Hamill, Grant Anderson and Kyle Turner are the only survivors from the starting line-up – Max Currie and Christopher McGowan were unused substitutes – that took on East Fife in the opening league tie of last season.
The former Kilmarnock man scored the only goal that day to get his side off to a winning start, and will be aiming for a similar result on Saturday against title favourites Raith Rovers.
He said: “It is going to be an unknown squad.
“Obviously, nowadays, people go and watch games and things like that.
“We will just concentrate on our own job in between the four walls of the dressing room.
“We know what we are going to expect for the whole season and hopefully the fans can get behind us and hopefully we can get some positive results.”
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It all begins again on Saturday, as Stranraer welcome Raith Rovers for the first league game of 2018/19.
You can purchase a season ticket ahead of kickoff from the Fitba' Bar or Stair Park to save up to £55 on league entry.