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McLoughlin and Academy Duo Released
McLoughlin and Academy Duo Released
Tuesday, 5th Apr 2011 18:10

Town will release Republic of Ireland U21 international keeper Ian McLoughlin and academy second-year scholars Rory McKeown and Josh Meekings at the end of the season.

McLoughlin, who has been on the bench for the first team without making an appearance, is currently on loan at Stockport County in League Two. The 19-year-old joined Town from Dublin club St Francis is January 2009.

Defenders Meekings and McKeown, a Northern Ireland U19 international, have played for the reserves this season in addition to being regulars for the U18s.

Boss Paul Jewell says letting youngsters go is the hardest thing he has to do: "It's the worst part of a manager's job, telling young players that we will not be keeping them on.

"But the challenge for those boys now is to go on and have a career in the game elsewhere. We will do everything we can to help them achieve that, and wish them all the best for the future."

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CanadianBlue added 18:15 - Apr 5
Good luck to them in their careers.

My side could always do with some new players...
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Back_The_Boss added 18:22 - Apr 5
Good luck in the future lads.
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jas0999 added 18:25 - Apr 5
Best of luck to them, but no real surprise.
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Mungo added 18:29 - Apr 5
Shame. thought McLoughlin might have been a useful back up next year.

Best of luck boys. Keep working hard and you will be ok.
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PablosRightBoot added 18:30 - Apr 5
Phil, didn't you report earlier that Josh Meekings was one who was set to make the step up alongside Lavery?
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MaySixth added 18:39 - Apr 5
Thought there would be more.
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PhilTWTD added 18:50 - Apr 5
I thought Meekings would be kept on, to be honest. Not surprised re McLoughlin or McKeown though.
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PablosRightBoot added 18:53 - Apr 5
I think Carson, the Cropper (sp?) and Lavery were the main stand outs in the youth team really. Not the best under 18 lot.
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bluelady added 19:06 - Apr 5
so does this mean these are the only ones leaving? if the others offered a contract do sign thats not much of a clear out? ALB - any news?
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fourth added 19:25 - Apr 5
It's an opportunity
A new challenge
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jas0999 added 19:34 - Apr 5
bluelady - am guessing this is just the youth lads. Counago and Pablo will almost certainly be released.
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ThatMuhrenCross added 19:35 - Apr 5
Good luck to them all. McLoughlin will find a league club easily. He has been terrific for Stockport. Wouldn't be surprised to see him lining up against Ipswich in a few years time. Just didn't quite have enough to make the grade here in the end.
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bluelady added 19:37 - Apr 5
Counago and Pablo fantastic do we release two for the price of one?!! assuming you mean our mate Lisbie?! !! cant see his career ever taking off at PR can you!! what a disaster he was!
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JewellintheTown added 19:46 - Apr 5
Counago and Pablo? lol - no wonder he seemed to play so different from week to week - he's schizophrenic.
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JoshTheLad added 19:48 - Apr 5
@Jewellinthetown, LOOOLLL
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jas0999 added 20:25 - Apr 5
Ooops! Yep, meant Counago and Lisbie - couldn't really bring myself to type the latter ... !!! Apologies.
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Garv added 20:58 - Apr 5
Can't call lisbie a disaster, didn't like him toward the end but watch 08/09 highlights, he scored a few and wasn't a terrible player. Hope Counago and Pablo stay.
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I_8_NARWICH added 21:17 - Apr 5
Bit of a shame for McLoughlin a half decent league 2 keeper at 19 isnt bad, keep him for a few years and send him out on loan and in time could end up being a good keeper for us.
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bontcho added 21:48 - Apr 5
Good luck boys. Hope you do well - except against us of course.
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Marcus added 01:58 - Apr 6
No shock with McLoughlin. He's a good keeper but we have too many of them and it's fair that he gets a chance elsewhere.
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DiamondGezzer added 07:14 - Apr 6
Understandable, but still a sad time for them. Can totally understand PJ saying that its the worst part of his job. Anyway, all the best lads for your futures and stick with it.
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Wallingford_Boy added 09:37 - Apr 6
We have to give Pablo and Counago one more chance, PJ is yet to see either of them play so keep the Spanish boys purlease!!
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WeWereZombies added 10:00 - Apr 6
Think we should keep Counago and release Pablo. Not much point though, Pablo would just keep hanging around if Counago stayed.
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dirtyboy added 10:25 - Apr 6
Best of luck to them all, not ideal, and you never know how they might mature at slightly different rates, and still make the grade later on. Don't give up.
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corshamblue added 10:50 - Apr 6
Go luck to the pair
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