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Billy Dodds: Bringing through youth is part of Inverness Caledonian Thistle


By Will Clark

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Ethan Cairns
Ethan Cairns

Head coach Billy Dodds says bringing through stars of the future from their youth academy is what Inverness Caledonian Thistle are all about.

But looking ahead to the new season, he says he will only put teenage players on the pitch when he thinks it is the right time.

Lewis Nicolson signed professional terms with Caley Thistle.
Lewis Nicolson signed professional terms with Caley Thistle.

Harry Hennem, Ally Riddle and Robbie Thompson started for Caley Thistle in the 5–0 pre-season friendly victory against Clach on Wednesday with Ethan Cairns coming off the bench to score in the second half.

The club have produced a number of players from the academy to go on and play for the first team.

Harry Hennem has been given a professional deal at Caley Thistle.
Harry Hennem has been given a professional deal at Caley Thistle.

Some players have gone to play for bigger clubs, with Ryan Christie moving to Celtic and most recently Daniel MacKay moving to Hibernian.

Dodds says he is looking at academy graduates and giving them a chance to get into the first team.

But he says giving opportunities to young players is something that will not be rushed.

Ally Riddle signs a new contract
Ally Riddle signs a new contract

“Youth is part of this club,” said Dodds.

“You watch Dan MacKay going this summer, and the youth that has left this club such as Ryan Christie and Liam Polworth.

“That is always going to be the policy, but I will bring them in at the right time. I am not going to rush them through. I want to give them experience, but do it in the right manner.

“There are a few good kids and a few special ones, but they will be brought on in the right way and at the right time.”

Robbie Thompson
Robbie Thompson

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