Date: 17th February 2009 at 4:44pm
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In the last week Aberdeen have extended the stay of five of their future stars. Peter Pawlett, Jonathan Crawford, Scott Ross and Nicky Clark have all committed their immediate futures to the club nit he hope of breaking into the first team.

First to sign were 18 year old, English midfielder Pawlett and Scotland U19 international Jonathan Crawford. Pawlett has signed a 3year deal while Crawford will remain at the club until the summer of 2010. Youth team manager Neil Cooper told Red TV:

“We have high hopes for both Peter and Jonathan and both have already been involved on the bench for the first team, while Peter travelled as part of the squad to Munich last year. Their attitude is fantastic and if they continue to develop in the way they have so far, it won`t be long before they are pushing for a regular top team place”

On Friday youngsters Michael Paton, Scott Ross and Nicky Clark followed suit in signing new contracts. Paton has signed until the summer of 2011 while Ross and Clark have signed until June 2010.

Striker Paton has had two loan spells with Brechin while the 17 year old pair, Ross and Clark, have featured regularly for the reserves this season. Director of football Willie Miller told RedWeb:

“Both Scott and Nicky are ones for the future and we`ll be looking for both to challenge for top team places over the next eighteen months. Michael meanwhile has been a regular on the bench in recent weeks and is now at the stage where he is pushing for a starting berth”

So is this the beginning of an exciting group of youngsters coming through the system? I hope so. Calderwood however is not known for giving youngsters a chance, only Maguire and Considine have really graduated in his time at the club. With the quality of youngsters now evidently there, there is little excuse.

What do you think then? The beginning of a golden generation? More youngsters who will fail to make the grade? Should they be thrust into the first team or sent out on loan?

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