THE SAINTS U17s will play in the 2018-19 Highland Youth League this coming season, after the club was accepted as a guest member following the annual general meeting of the Highland Football League committee last night.
The Scottish Highland Football League U17 "North" was won last season by Wick Academy, who finished the season two points clear of their closest rivals Clachnacuddin in a division which had eleven competing teams. While the list of teams is mostly made up of representative members from the Highland League, St Duthus will join regular Alness United and Dingwall as guest clubs for the 2018-19 campaign.
Club chairperson Niall Harkiss said;
"We are delighted to be accepted into the ranks of the Highland League's youth programme. The move is a first for St Duthus, but also a first for Tain football, to be competing during the winter football season at U17 level. We look forward to some enjoyable Sunday afternoons welcoming visiting clubs from across the North and to also have the opportunity to travel to some new grounds as we continue to watch this exciting generation of Saints players develop further."
The current summer season playing in the COPC Ross-shire Youth League is expected to conclude at the end of June, before the Saints embark on their maiden Highland League season in August.