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Matthew and Murray sign extended contracts

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:33

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There is more good news for ‘Loons’ supporters this morning with the news that two of the younger players in the current first team squad have committed their immediate futures to the club by signing one year extensions to their current contracts.
Matthew Aitken and Murray MacKintosh both firm favourites with the fans and both products of the club’s Development team agreed deals following discussions with Manager Jim Weir that extend their current agreements till at least June of 2019.
The two twenty year olds have established themselves in the first team line up this season, although Murray has just returned in the past few weeks following a couple of months on the sidelines following an injury sustained in mid November in the Formartine cup tie.
Aberuthven based Matty was on the books of Cowdenbeath and St. Johnstone as a youngster and joined the Athies on an amateur registration in August of 2015.  He signed his first professional contract in January of 2017 and consequently also had a couple of spells on a temporary transfer to Coupar Angus Juniors to give him regular Saturday game time.
It would be fair to say that he burst on to the scene with two goals in the sensational fight back which secured all three points for the Station Park side at Ayr over the recent festive period and followed this up with winner at Bayview against East Fife and the opening two goals in Saturday’s win over Stranraer.
Murray of course hails from Kilwinning in Ayrshire and came to Forfar’s notice when he moved to Abertay University to take up a Sports Science course.   The defender like Matty now 20 years of age had been part of Kilmarnock’s academy system for six years before heading north and joined the ‘Loons’ originally on an amateur registration in November 2015.   He was awarded a professional contract nine months later and although he has suffered a couple of injury scares since and had a short spell on loan to Carnoustie Panmure last term, he has been a fairly consistent member of the Station Park first team squad ever since.
Both players are viewed by the current management team as pivotal to the future of the club and credit has to be given to Development team coaches Eddie and Arty Gray not forgetting the club’s now Assistant Manager Barry Sellars for the part they have played in the players progression to date.
Talks continue with a few other members of the current squad in regard to extending their stay with the club.
Watch this space!

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