Date: 10th April 2007 at 11:30am
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As reported on Vital Aberdeen last week, the axe is being weilded for next season with 8 youth players being cut from the squad.

After a poor showing this season Jimmy Calderwood, Neale Cooper and Willie Miller have cast their eye on who will and won`t be likely to make the grade as a future Pittodrie first team player and have not offered Fraser Stewart, Mark Thomas, Lee Jones, Andrew Bagshaw, Willie John Kiely, Brian Neill, Kenny Haswell and James Petrie new contracts.

8 players in all will be ousted as they make way for the new batch after having had their chance to impress but not doing enough to convince.

Willie Miller knows that the boys will obviously be disappointed but feels honesty is the best policy and hopes they can move elsewhere to get there careers back on track.

iller said ‘Obviously the lads are now at the stage where, if they are not ready to compete at first team level, then we need to make space for the new lads to come in next season. Chris Maguire has already proved that he has a real chance of making it in the first team and has been rewarded with a new contract.

It’s obviously not a pleasant experience telling the lads that they will be moving on and I’m sure they’ll be determined to show the Club that we’ve made the wrong decision. They all move on with the best wishes for the future from everyone at Pittodrie and I would like to thank them for their contribution in their time here.’

The highest profile casualty is the previously much sought after Andy Bagshaw and ex-Aberdeen Chief Scout reckons he can perhaps find the Scotland youth player new employment.

elman is now at Stoke City and is quite sure the Championship play off hopefuls with want a look at a player with such a pedigree.

“I know Stoke will be interested in Andy because he is a good young player,” said Kelman.

“I will let them know about Andy’s availability and now he has been told he can leave Aberdeen Stoke will want to take a look.”

Bagshaw should be one of the lucky ones to find a new team as it’s been suggested that St.Mirren, Peterhead and Ross County are all keen to put him on their books.

Jimmy Calderwood has made his mind up about which players he thinks will benefit the Dons in the long run and with so many being dropped, it’s clear he’s not been impressed with the current crop.

Calderwood said: “The decisions were based on what has happened over the last three years with some of the lads.

“The Scottish Youth Cup defeat to Celtic was disappointing but the players have been assessed over a longer period.”

You can wish the lads farewell as they take on Celtic reserves tonight at Montrose`s Links Park where they kick off tonight at 7pm.