Air­drie to moth­ball academy and re­serves

Evening Times - - FOOTBALL - AI­DAN SMITH

AIR­DRIE have an­nounced they will not be fund­ing their academy or re­serve teams next sea­son due to the fi­nan­cial im­pact of the coro­n­avirus cri­sis.

The Di­a­monds in­sists they will re­visit their de­ci­sion in the fu­ture, have con­firmed their sole fo­cus next term will be on first-team mat­ters in Scot­land’s third tier.

A club state­ment read: “Un­for­tu­nately Airdrieoni­ans FC have taken the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to moth­ball our Academy and Re­serve Team oper­a­tions this year, with a view to re­assess­ing at a later date.

“The is­sue of pre­par­ing our fa­cil­i­ties for rein­tro­duc­ing the pro­fes­sional game in a safe work­place en­vi­ron­ment for our first-team play­ers is cru­cial, and we doubt that there will be many Academy or Re­serve teams next sea­son as most clubs are hav­ing the same cri­sis man­age­ment is­sues at this time.

“We are grate­ful to all of our play­ers, coaches, and sup­port staff for their fan­tas­tic ef­forts over the years, with the win­ning of last sea­son’s

Re­serve League Chal­lenge Cup be­ing a par­tic­u­lar high­light.”

Mean­while, Air­drie yes­ter­day an­nounced the sign­ing of mid­fielder Thomas Robert, son of for­mer New­cas­tle United and France player Lau­rent Robert. The 19-year-old joins the club from Mont­pel­lier, the club where his fa­ther be­gan his ca­reer, re­port­edly on a 12-month deal.

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