SIR ALEX FERGUSON once famously rubbished the myth "You win nothing with kids."
Now Toby Radford is backing his fledgling Middlesex side to bring the glory days back to the home of cricket.
The Panthers’ head coach led the county to a shock Twenty20 triumph last year – the club’s first trophy in 15 years.
And Radford claimed his week his current crop of youngsters had the potential to be the most successful Middlesex side since the days of Mike Brealey, Mike Gatting and current Director of Cricket Angus Fraser.
He said: "I think if you look round the country this is the side over the next two or three years, if we can keep it together, with batsman like Malan, Morgan and Godleman, and Finn and Evans as young seamers we could win a lot of things.
"People are already talking about Morgan as a potential England one-day player and he’s played for England Lions.
"And Malan was called to their indoor training in the winter so the ECB are really following those two."
Radford knows better than anyone the potential of his young starlets, having brought the majority through the academy ranks, before taking over as head coach in 2007.
With Fraser’s arrival having relieved him of the admin burdens of last season, he’s now free to concentrate on bringing his young charges to the next level.
He said: "Last year there was no director of cricket and I was coaching, finding players and trying to keep others whose contracts were up. So you could say I was being pulled in lots of different directions.
"Gus’s arrival has freed me up to coach and everyone here accepts that my big strength is coaching.
"The key thing for these lads now is building long innings’ and making big hundreds in four-day cricket.
"In a Championship game if it’s nipping around, you can’t always play the way you want to play.
"A big cover drive that nicks down to third man for a single in a Twenty20 game is caught at second slip in the County Championship."
Malan underlined his potential with a sparkling 88 as Middlesex drew their opening County Championship match of the season against Glamorgan at Lord’s this week, though a hamstring injury sustained at the end of his knock saw him miss Sunday’s Friends Provident Trophy win over Scotland.
The left-hander’s effort was only eclipsed by Aussie batting sensation Phillip Hughes who made a century on his county debut.