'Best crop' of United youth do first-team chances 'no harm'

At Dundee United, this pre-season is an opportunity for young players to stake their claim ahead of the Tannadice side's return to the top flight.

That's according to manager Jim Goodwin, who says he selected the "best crop" of academy prospects to join the first team on their trip to Mottram Hall in Chesire.

Reflecting on the four-day trip, Goodwin says the youngsters immersed themselves in the group and did their prospects of breaking into his plans no harm.

"The young lads have got a lot to learn, obviously," he told club media. "I think it's a great experience for them to be around the senior players and involved in those conversations about the game.

"We've taken what we believe to be the best crop of youth players we've got at the club at the moment. They deserve to be here.

"Obviously we're still looking to add some new faces between now and the end of the window, but I've been very fair to the academy players since I came to the club.

"If they're doing well at their own level, they'll get the opportunity to step up and train with the senior team and see how they handle it. Some of them take to it like a duck to water. Others aren't quite ready and have to drop back down.

"The young players have done themselves no harm at all in terms of their attitude and application. It's been a worthwhile trip for everybody."