Where have the Dundee class of 17/18 ended up?

Aus­tralia, South Africa and Cyprus among des­ti­na­tions

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - Tv Highlights - BY GE­ORGE CRAN

AUST R A L I A, Bu lga r ia, Cyprus, Hol­land, Canada and South Africa are just some of the places Dundee’s class of 2017/18 have ended up.

Peter­bor­ough and Dumfries might not be so glam­ourous des­ti­na­tions to add to that list but last sum­mer’s de­parted Dees have cer­tainly spread them­selves across the globe.

As for­mer boss Neil Mc­cann tried to build a side ca­pa­ble of bet­ter­ing the Dark Blues’ ninth-placed fin­ish in 2017/18 this cam­paign the squad was re-shaped sig­nif­i­cantly.

Tonight, Tele Sport takes a look at how those play­ers have fared since head­ing from Dens for pas­tures new.

‘Basque Jon’, as he was known af­fec­tion­ately by the Dundee sup­port after an im­pres­sive start to life as a left-back, went back to home-town team Amore­bi­eta.

This month, though, the Uefa Cup fi­nal­ist with Ath­letic Bil­bao has signed for lower league Aus­tralian side Ade­laide Comets.

The goal­keeper was out on loan at Hibs ini­tially after fall­ing out with man­ager Neil Mc­cann be­fore he moved to Celtic in an epic three-way trans­fer in­clud­ing Scott Al­lan and Si­mon Mur­ray.

When his Dens con­tract of­fi­cially ended, Bain signed for the Hoops per­ma­nently and played in this sea­son’s League Cup Fi­nal win.

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional hasn’t resur­faced since leav­ing Dens Park at the end of Au­gust, de­spite links to English Cham­pi­onship sides like Wi­gan and re­cently Swedish side Oster­sunds.

The f ormer Real So­ciedad de­fender is a free agent since leav­ing Dens Park in the sum­mer after three years with the club.

A firm fans’ favourite in his time at Dens Park for some no-non­sense de­fend­ing and, of course, scor­ing in a derby, the Bul­gar­ian is play­ing for Botev Vrasta in the top tier of his home coun­try.

The Cana­dian of­fi­cially de­parted Dundee this month but left in the sum­mer for a loan deal at Falkirk.

He’s since signed for new Cana­dian out­fit Pa­cific FC to play in the coun­try’s in­au­gu­ral Premier League which kicks off in April.

The left-back scored the goal that guar­an­teed Dundee’s sur­vival last sea­son with an early strike in a 1-0 win over Hamil­ton in May.

That wasn’t enough to con­vince man­ager Neil Mc­cann to keep him and he moved to Cypriot foot­ball with FC Pafos. How­ever, they are bat­tling near the foot of the ta­ble this sea­son.

De­spite play­ing his last game for Dundee in Oc­to­ber 2016, Low’s con­tract only came to an end last sum­mer. He joined Derry City shortly after that fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful loan to the Ir­ish side.

Now, how­ever, he has re­turned to Scot­land and will face the Dark Blues this Sat­ur­day when his new club Queen of the South come to Dens Park in the Scot­tish Cup.

The boy­hood Dundee fan’s dream move didn’t turn out as well as he’d hoped with just three goals in 14 games. He’s en­joy­ing a bet­ter time of it in South Africa, how­ever, as his Bid­west Vits side lead the way at the top of the ta­ble and could well be play­ing in the African Cham­pi­ons League next cam­paign.

The Dark Blues have strug­gled to re­place O’hara’s ath­leti­cism and phys­i­cal­ity in the mid­field since he de­parted – that’s been Peter­bor­ough’s gain, how­ever.

He got off to a flyer with three goals in his first two matches and has played 29 times this sea­son.

Wolters re­turned to Hol­land with NEC where he suf­fered a se­ri­ous knee in­jury in pre-sea­son. He’s since re­turned to train­ing but is yet to fea­ture for the club.

Big name cen­tre-back Steven Caulker is without a club.

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