On a warm day in Cumbernauld, 30 out of contract players took part in the PFA Scotland Player Showcase Exit Trial game. Two teams including 4 substitutes per team were given 3 periods of 30 minutes, with all outfield players being given a minimum of 60 minutes game time. The teams were coached by Ryan Stevenson, John Rankin and Lee Miller, and the crowd at Clyde's Broadwood Stadium included managers, coaches, youth team coaches and senior players moving into coaching, including Darren Young, Jon Daly, Barry Smith, Darren Jackson, Stephen Craigen, Darren Barr, Craig Beattie, Frazer Wright, Stevie Farrell, Gordon Dalziel and Jim McInally. Ex-Par Paul Gallacher was also in the crowd but I did not see any of the Dunfermline management team.
Three former Dunfermline players took part - Ciaran Lafferty, Ross Drummond and Cammy McClair. The remainder of the squads were also mainly young players, alongside more experienced players including Mark Miller (ex Falkirk and Dundee United) and Smart Osadolor (fomerly of Annan Athletic).
From a Pars perspective, there was no one who appeared to be of first team quality if we are to compete at the top end of the Championship. For me, the game's best player was Red Team number 14 Dwayne Coultress (pictured below) who, in addition to scoring, did not waste a pass in midfield and looked a strong, skillful player. Perhaps worth a trial if we still had an Under 20s team, or if this was 12 months from now when we will take part in the new reserve league. He should certainly be a target for League 1 teams, in addition to Miller and the ex-Hearts full back David Banjo, who had a good game.
The event was well organised, led by PFA Scotland's Michelle Evans, who did an excellent job. Let's hope these players are able to find new clubs for the coming season and will look back on the hot day at Broadwood as their first step back into the game.