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Aberdeen has also today announced details of the U19 squad contracts.

 

The following U19 players will not be making the step up to the first team squad - Nico Gibson, Dean Jarvis, Gilli Sorensen, Lewis Davidson, Callum McRobbie, Hallur Hansson, Anthony Bolger and Rhys Wilson.

 

Stirling Smith, Scott Ross and Scott Bain have also not been offered new contracts.

 

Joe Shaughnessy has been offered a new deal while Conor Devaney and Jamie Masson have signed contract extensions with the club. They follow Clark Robertson who last week signed a new contract with the Dons.

 

Nicky Low and Jordon Brown have also been offered deals to keep them at the club.

 

Neil Cooper told RedWeb "Unfortunately we have come to the time of year again where decisions have to be made again on the players futures. It is very difficult telling the players but it is part of the job.It has been particularly difficult this year as the team has done very well.

 

"We have been delighted with their attitude and performance levels through the season and Craig and Archie have watched them since they came to the club and but unfortunately some of the boys are not quite ready to go to the next level.

 

"Some are not physically ready and with no reserve football there is nowhere for them to play at the club.

 

"It is a setback in their careers but they can still go on and play at a very good level, especially if they show the same appetite they have shown during their time here at Aberdeen.

 

"Jordon and Nicky have been offered deals but they have to now have to kick on next year."

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"Some are not physically ready and with no reserve football there is nowhere for them to play at the club.

 

Is this holding players back and meaning teams lose out on players as they are forced to make decisions very early on in their careers, or are we satisfied that if they aren't good enough now they will never be? 

Would a year of reserve football maybe not be the stepping stone many of them need to fullfill their potential?

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Is this holding players back and meaning teams lose out on players as they are forced to make decisions very early on in their careers, or are we satisfied that if they aren't good enough now they will never be? 

Would a year of reserve football maybe not be the stepping stone many of them need to fullfill their potential?

 

Definitely holding players back. The scrapping of the reserve league is just another symbol of the short-termism and general lack of vision that is ruining the game in Scotland.

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Definitely holding players back. The scrapping of the reserve league is just another symbol of the short-termism and general lack of vision that is ruining the game in Scotland.

 

And rather than reintroduce a reserve league they come up with guff about "B team" in the lower leagues thus totally distorting and fucking up lower league football.

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