RELEASED youngster Miller Fenton will be given support by Athletic to regain fitness and find a new club for next season.

The 20-year-old was one of six players who were told they would be leaving the Pars last month, alongside Paul Allan, Alex Jakubiak, Max Little, and youngsters Michael Beagley and Jake Rennie.

Former Queen Anne High School pupil Fenton, who came through the Fife Elite Football Academy, played three matches in the 2023/24 campaign, two of which were as a substitute.

He hadn't played since coming off the bench during a 2-1 loss at Queen's Park in January, thanks, in the main, to the form of first choice left-sided defender, Josh Edwards, who was named in the PFA Scotland Championship team of the year.

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Assistant manager, Dave Mackay, admitted it was a tough decision to release the boyhood Pars fan, commenting: "It's so unfortunate as well that he got injured at the wrong time towards the end of the season.

"Covid affected his progression as a player as well. He was the sort of age where he missed out on a lot of football, in terms of youth football, and then potentially going on loan and kicking on again.

"He is injured but he's obviously got access to come in and try and get fit. He'll train with us, hopefully towards the beginning of the season, and we'll do our best to get him sorted with a club elsewhere.

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"I think a fully-fit Miller Fenton will do ok. Whatever level that is I don't know, whether that's  League Two and just proving that you can play at that level and kicking-on again, but he's got a lot of good attributes.

"He's left-sided, he can run, he's a good size, he just needs first team football. Unfortunately for him, Josh Edwards was playing in his position, who's probably been one of our best players, so he just found it hard to break in. I'm sure he'll do well elsewhere."