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Dickov ON: Youth

15 June 2015

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Gaffer talks about integrating youngsters in to first team setup.

Paul Dickov has underlined the club’s policy on players making the step from youth team football to the first team.

Liam Mandeville, Paul McKay and Jack McKay are the latest of the ‘Made In Doncaster’ crop to join Dickov’s squad; all will be on two year contracts, something the manager was eager to stress the importance of.

“The minimum that the younger kids will be getting is two years,” Dickov asserted.

“If we give just one year then it puts a lot of pressure on them constantly and they’re often found wondering about what’s going to happen to them next year.

“We’ve got high hopes for some of them but we’re going to have to look after them, they’re going to have down points but with experienced professionals around them will help them because they’re the future of the club.”

Dickov was speaking after the recent capture of experienced goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann who will prove to be a “great influence” in the Keepmoat dressing room.

“It’s a huge gap from U18’s football to first team so the development squad plays a huge role in what we’re trying to do,” said Dickov.

“School boys play youth football, youth footballers play in the development and then the development squad go in to the first team which is good for us all round.”

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