Friday 25th May 2012

DUMBARTON will field a reserve team in next season’s SFL re-vamped second string league with the emphasis firmly based on youth development.

Competing in the new league means that the Club will not be running an under-19s team but as Chief Executive Gilbert Lawrie explains this wiil not have an adverese effect on our youth academy.

He said : “There are two aspects to the reasoning for this change from 19s to reserve football.

“Firstly, with the SFA YDI now introducing a dual age group of 17/16, boys will now stay an extra year within that program and now exit it aged 18.

“Before this they were exiting aged 17 which gave a year-one and year-two stint in the U19 team.

“It is the view of our manager and head of youth that boys exiting the YDI programme aged 18 will develop better in a reserve league where they will be playing with and against experienced players.

“By adding seven of these boys to the first team squad makes reserve football viable. This has the advantage of hopefully developing the young players quicker but also allows fringe first team experienced players to have regular match time.”

The new league will be regionalised and games will be played midweek.

Alan Findlay

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