Wil­liams’ exit may not be last at Dens

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY GE­ORGE CRAN

WINGER Danny Wil­liams has left Dundee af­ter the two par­ties yes­ter­day parted com­pany — and he may not be the only mid-sea­son de­par­ture.

The for­mer In­ver­ness man hasn’t fea­tured for the Dark Blues since the mid­dle of Au­gust.

Com­ing on as a sub­sti­tute for the fi­nal 10 min­utes in a 2-1 de­feat at Pit­to­drie was his third show­ing of the sea­son and the fi­nal of his 31 ap­pear­ances for the club since join­ing from the High­land side in 2016.

Wil­liams had shown up well in pre-sea­son and looked set to be used as left-back Kevin Holt’s un­der­study for this sea­son.

How­ever, the sign­ing of for­mer Ath­letic Bil­bao de­fender Jon Aurtenetxe took up that slot and the 29-year-old has left Dens Park in search of first-team foot­ball. And oth­ers may fol­low. The Dundee squad is fairly bloated with 26 bod­ies and with in­juries lately few and far be­tween, it has left a num­ber of first-team play­ers scratch­ing around for ap­pear­ances this sea­son.

The call to play games and a Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow com­ing up will have some eye­ing the exit door while boss Neil McCann will be look­ing to im­prove his pool of play­ers where he can.

James Vin­cent ar­rived at Dens at the same time as Wil­liams from In­ver­ness CT af­ter both signed pre-con­tract agree­ments.

He hasn’t been seen on the pitch for the first team since the last time Dundee faced Satur­day’s op­po­nents Kil­marnock back on Septem­ber 23, mean­ing he’s missed out on the last six matches.

Kosta Gadzhalov is an­other who hasn’t had a look-in this cam­paign de­spite sign­ing a new con­tract in the sum­mer.

The Bul­gar­ian cen­tre-back, who was lined up to join Raith Rovers on loan a few weeks back be­fore that fell through, is keen to see top-team ac­tion.

Fel­low cen­tre-half Julen Etx­abe­guren is work­ing back from a long-term in­jury, as is James McPake, and loan moves for them might be needed to get them back to match sharp­ness.

Aurtenetxe, mean­while, is only on a short-term deal till Jan­uary and, with less than 45 min­utes to his name in a Dundee shirt, might not be keen on stick­ing around.

Mid­fielder Nicky Low is an­other with an un­clear fu­ture. The mid­fielder has re­turned from a suc­cess­ful loan deal at Irish side Derry City and whether he fits in to the man­ager’s plans re­mains to be seen.

Danny Wil­liams saw ac­tion in pre-sea­son games against the likes of Brechin (above) but was hardly seen since and has now left Dundee.

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