17 year old striker Callum Smith has won a new 2 year contract with Dunfermline after a very impressive season in the Under 20s team. He is the top scorer for John Potter's team, and following the club's withdrawal from next season's Under 20s Development League, he now has a first team place as his next target. Callum, who only turned 17 in November, has benefitted from regular game time with the Under 20s, and has operated as the team's only natural striker after James Thomas and Ciaran Lafferty were both released during the season. Callum's game awareness has improved, and he is also more composed in front of goal: games earlier in the season saw him have a tendency to place shots too high; he has largely eliminated that from his game and is more accurate with his goal attempts.
Callum was a first team substitute in the final 2 League games, and gained an assist in the 3-1 win over Morton, when his pass to Rhys McCabe resulted in the third Pars goal.
The Under 20s team is now broken up, and after enjoying many of their games this season, it is pleasing to see players such as Callum, Cammy Gill, Conner Duthie, Stuart Morrison, Scott Lochhead and Paul Allan all be given new contracts by the club. I also hope that the released players, including Johnny Galloway, Reece Duncan and Evan Horne, are taken on by other teams and have successful careers.
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