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I am old enough to have watched football in the Highlands from the 60's and have seen many a good player throughout the years playing in the Highland League. A lot of players were plucked from the league and went on to play in the top leagues in Scotland and England. Donald Park, Roddy MacDonald, Des Bremner and Les Fridge, to name but a few, were playing for Highland clubs and were scouted by big clubs, so why can we not unearth some quality player playing there now? There must be good players in the HL who would love a chance of furthering their careers and play at a higher level. You can't tell me that they would be any worse than some of the players that were brought here from the JH period onwards. 

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29 minutes ago, Jaggernaut said:

were playing for Highland clubs and were scouted by big clubs, so why can we not unearth some quality player playing there now?

Because we have no money to sign them unfortunately. Its the same reasons we only bring in players cast off from other clubs and are out of work - no compensation and players desperate for clubs. We failed last few years to sign a couple of HL players but couldnt get the compensation monies together.

Plus some HL players with a full or part time job & football money make more than we can offer on a full time footy salary - most folks with family and commitments wont and cant afford take less money even ifs its just a short term gamble as a stepping stone to potential success

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According to the majority of posters it may well be prudent to Mr White a second job, perhaps in the communication field. Then he could be SLO on and off the park ?

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11 hours ago, Jaggernaut said:

I am old enough to have watched football in the Highlands from the 60's and have seen many a good player throughout the years playing in the Highland League. A lot of players were plucked from the league and went on to play in the top leagues in Scotland and England. Donald Park, Roddy MacDonald, Des Bremner and Les Fridge, to name but a few, were playing for Highland clubs and were scouted by big clubs . . . . . . 

Kevin MacDonald, Billy Urquhart . . . .

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12 hours ago, Jaggernaut said:

I am old enough to have watched football in the Highlands from the 60's and have seen many a good player throughout the years playing in the Highland League. A lot of players were plucked from the league and went on to play in the top leagues in Scotland and England. Donald Park, Roddy MacDonald, Des Bremner and Les Fridge, to name but a few, were playing for Highland clubs and were scouted by big clubs, so why can we not unearth some quality player playing there now? There must be good players in the HL who would love a chance of furthering their careers and play at a higher level. You can't tell me that they would be any worse than some of the players that were brought here from the JH period onwards. 

The HL player thing is a bit of a red herring now as the youth setups from us, County & Elgin will have sifted through a huge number of players from a young age , discarding many as not worthy of progression for the level required ( prem/chmp/etc).

So you will have a lot of HL players who were deemed not good enough and are happy with part time football and a career - as someone has said their day jobs may be paying more than we could offer them.

If there are some exceptional HL players out there I'd say there were more attractive destinations on offer apart from ourselves.

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