Reece McKeown was delighted to win the U20s player of the year award just over a year after he broke through into the under 20s to help them win their Aberdeenshire League title.

After their title defence slipped early on, the 17 year old admitted it was an indifferent season for the young squad.

“The start to the season wasn’t the best, players were in and out of the team then Chris (Baird) and Charlie Duncan got it together and we were boosted with some first team players like Gary McGowan and Matthew McDonald for a couple of games and we showed a lot promise towards the end of the season but we know ourselves there’s games we could’ve done better in.

It was a big difference compared to last season when we won the league as we had a strong squad.”

The teenager was one of a number of the 2016/17 Aberdeenshire League winning side to make the step up into the first team and the former Middlefield Wasps forward notes there’s a lot of potential in the younger players.

“There are a lot of opportunities for the younger boys to progress at the club, Charlie (Charlesworth) is looking for the youngsters to progress and the majority of the squad is still in their twenties.

It’s a big step going from juvenile football to the Highland League, the fitness and physicality is a big factor. When Tommy Wilson came to speak to me about signing he said he told me I wasn’t going to go out on loan and I started getting some starts in the first team and I got to continue that when Charlie took over and I’m please he’s shown faith in me as well.

We’ve a good bunch of lads who will motivate each other and some experienced guys, for the year I’ve played with Dennis Wyness, Pele and McGowan they’ve been great to work with and those three show us all that you’ve got to use your brain and work both on and off the ball”. 

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