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Young players will receive chance at Clachnacuddin


By Will Clark


CLACHNACUDDIN manager Brian Macleod will be looking to introduce more players from the club’s youth set-up into the first team this season.

(L)Robert Duncanson and Ross Logan..Forres Mechanic v Clachnacuddin at Mosset Park...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.043501.
(L)Robert Duncanson and Ross Logan..Forres Mechanic v Clachnacuddin at Mosset Park...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.043501.

After taking charge during last season, the Lilywhites boss placed high importance on giving teenage players a chance to play Highland League football.

Ali Gillies and Ross Logan were two youngsters who stood out for the team last season and Macleod is determined to make more of the youth system.

“We have a blend of youth and experience in the team.

“But the one thing we wanted to do this year is push the young players on.

“They have come back really strong during the summer and introduced one or two more.

“It will take time, but these young guys are showing up well.”

Clachnacuddin suffered a disappointing campaign last season finishing in 16th place, one of the worst league finishes in the club’s history.

Macleod, who took over the team in October from former manager Iain Polworth, is demanding an improvement from his team this season.

“We need to improve where we were last season. I have an idea in my mind where I want us to be.”

“But because we have a lot of young players I don’t want to put too much pressure on them. “The only target I’ve said to them is to improve on last season and anything else will be a bonus.

“But they’re a young team, I will allow them to play and will see where we end up.

Macleod has boosted the squad for the new season by signing former University of Stirling player Eachainn Miller.

They also tied up a contract extension for midfielder James Beeston.

He is also hopeful of bringing in new players.

Clachnacuddin continue their pre-season schedule at Spey Valley tomorrow at 2pm and welcome Elgin City to Grant Street Park on Tuesday night at 7.30pm. Clach will also face Nairn Saints and Burghead Thistle in friendlies.



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