Livingston trialist Salim Kouider-Aissa has rekindled his love for Scottish football after becoming disillusioned with the game at just 17-years-old.

The Queen's Park striker notched an impressive 17 goals in 36 appearances last season for The Spiders, earning him a week at the Tony Macaroni Arena to prove himself worthy of a top flight spot. It is understood Lions boss Gary Holt wants a look at the player with a view to moving on Rangers target Lyndon Dykes and moulding Kouider-Aissa into his potential replacement.

Training with a Premiership club is a position he has not been in since leaving Motherwell as a youngster following a spell in Hearts' youth system. And bouncing around the lower leagues with Stenhousemuir, Queen of the South and Stirling Albion, Kouider-Aissa found it difficult to motivate himself.

Feeling like nothing more than a 'training player', the kid took two steps back to take three more forward, joining Lenzie Thistle and then Kilsyth Rangers. There he banged in 41 goals in a season before Queen's Park came calling.

By that time he had found his mojo again. Now at Queen's, motivation is no longer a problem. In fact, he's already in a full-time footballer's mindset. He may not train with teammates at Hampden every day, but he does spend his 'off-days' working with Ultimate Soccer in Glasgow. The same business which boasts Rangers' Greg Docherty, Hearts' Harry Cochrane and Brighton's Marc Leonard as clients.

So he's in good company. "It was unfortunate last season came to an end but when it happened, I used it to my advantage," Kouider-Aissa said. "I got myself into good physique, fitter and stronger so I'm trying to get myself fitter for pre-season.

"I'm happy with the season, I was enjoying my football up until the break. I felt that I was playing really well and that I was the best I'd played all year. I started at Ultimate Soccer just before Christmas. They take you for a session and put you through your paces with the short, sharp stuff you might not get in part-time football.

"I was training with Queen's Park and going there on a Monday and Wednesday, basically training full-time. The guys know their stuff and every session is different so it keeps you on your toes and it's good fun."

He went on: "I was previously in Hearts' youth team and then Motherwell. After Motherwell I signed senior at Stenhousemuir at 17. I was there for a year-and-a-half and then signed for Queen of the South for a year. Then for the wrong reasons my career was probably going the opposite direction down the slope.

"I went to Stirling Albion and was maybe fed up with football and lost a bit of enjoyment. My wake up call was when I went to my local team, Lenzie Thistle, and that was massive. I thought I could really give this another crack and give it my all, have no distractions, concentrate fully on it, and that's what I did. I had a good season, got the enjoyment back and then went to Kilsyth Rangers which was another step up and I scored 41 goals.

"I hoped to get another wee sniff at senior football and it only took maybe six months and Queen's Park were on the phone. I went in the summer and it was just a case of playing well there and enjoying it again."

Livingston hope to see enough from Kouider-Aissa to offer him a deal, which would represent a huge step-up in competition - and expectation - for the 24-year-old. But for the attacker, he just wants to enjoy playing football again. Of course, his ambition has never wavered. "I've got my full trust in my agent and if thinks there's something serious, he'll tell me," he said. "It's about being patient and when that time comes we can deal with it then. I'm happy at Queen's Park, playing my football, and if anything happens it happens.

"When you're playing in Scotland, you want to play in the Premiership and then a lot of players' next plans would be England or abroad. I've not really set my sights on, 'It has to be Scotland', I'm easy and would play football anywhere. It's an adventure you have to try and enjoy. It doesn't necessarily have to be here, there or wherever."