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Picture special: Back on the training ground at youth level, Highland League club Lossiemouth FC have a strong crop of youngsters coming through in their under-17 squad

By Chris Saunderson

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AFTER four months in cold storage and away from their team-mates, young footballers across Moray are back in training.

Youth team contact sports have been halted a number of times over the last 12 months by the pandemic.

However, with the green light earlier this month for contact sports to resume outdoors, local clubs have their young guns back on the grass or astro.

It is not clear whether there will be any organised football between now and the summer.

Lossiemouth under-17s, co-managed by Dave Wilson and Alan Milton, have now had a number of sessions at the playing fields in Lossie.

“The boys have missed their football massively,” said Dave. “It has been murder the last few months without it.”

A few local sides – Lossie, Keith, Rothes, Buckie and Forres – are possibly looking at getting a mini-league off the ground in the coming weeks to give the players some competitive football, as the Highland League youth leagues will not get under way again until later in the year.

“They miss the football as much for the social side of things and mixing with kids who are not necessarily from the same school, “added Dave, whose own son Evan (15), a striker, plays in the side.

First-team manager Joe Russell has been watching the youngsters as they return to training across the age ranges at the club, from under 14 right up to under 20.

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