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By Zachary Hannay
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Fund to close

A LONG running fund which has helped aid Queen of the South FC to bring through the footballers of the future will soon be no more.

The QOS ‘Tanner’ Fund was originally set up four years ago by Doonhamers supporter Richie Nicoll and other lifelong Queens supporters.

Its aim was to aid the manager’s playing budget. Supporters could opt to pay a select amount into the account each month. And in turn the money would go towards player wages and transfer ideas.

However, it ended up solely, and successfully, being used to support young players at the club to help bring them through to the first team.

A statement from the committee on social media this week said: “The Tanner Fund committee has met to discuss the future of the fund. We believe that with the upcoming changes on the board front, as they prepare for next season, that this is sadly a natural time to call a halt to the fund at the end of the season.

“With dwindling numbers and hard financial times for everyone, our dream of ‘what it could be’ we believe, cannot be met.

“We had agreed to stand in as SLOs and also as a management scheme for organising the pre season Palmerston clean, however we believe that Mr McLinden and the new board may want to organise things differently.

“However, things aren’t that sad as we celebrate the young players we have supported through into the first team in the years since our inception: Lewis Gibson, Jay Burns, Ben Johnstone and Niall Rogerson.

“We still have a five figure sum in the bank and we will engage with the club to have this transferred for use in supporting youths in the future.

“Thank you to every single person who has contributed throughout the years and helped us raised nearly £45,000.”

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