Highland League keep door ajar for future Caley Thistle Colts side
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Doors could still be open for Inverness Caledonian Thistle to enter a colts team into the Highland League in the future.
But league secretary Rod Houston said it was decided by club representatives the division was not ready to accept a new team in time for the 2019/20 season.
Champions Cove Rangers became the first SHFL team to gain promotion to League Two which resulted in the division reducing to 17 teams.
Caley Thistle were keen on entering a colts team from its youth system to enter the division in time for next season but the proposal was rejected at the league’s AGM on Monday night.
Mr Houston said there was support from representatives in the league for the Championship club to enter a team into the division.
But due to the lack of time between Cove Rangers winning promotion and arranging fixtures for the 2019/20 campaign it was decided to keep the league at 17 teams.
However, he said the league may be open to the idea of a colts team in the future as well as other teams applying for membership.
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