St. Duthus Youth received some welcome news regarding their current crop of U17s, after a disappointing 2020-21 which saw them confined to just a handful of friendly matches instead of their usual Highland League campaign.
In a statement from the assistant secretary of the Highland League, it was confirmed that next season's competition would be classified as an Under 18 league, ensuring an extra year for last year's crop.
The statement read;
"At a meeting of the League Management Committee yesterday evening a proposal was passed to move the age groups in the Youth Programme from Under 15/17 to Under 16/18. It was also agreed that this would be implemented from Season 2021/22."
"A significant benefit of this change will be that those young players who have no football in Season 2020/21 will hopefully not be lost to the game as they will have the opportunity to play in the coming season when otherwise there options would have been limited."