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Owls part company with Modest

Wednesday have parted company with young striker Nathan Modest by mutual consent.

Modest came through the Wednesday Academy but failed to break into the first team and was sent out on-loan to Darlington last season to get some match experience.

He earned promotion to the first team squad in the 2008-09 campaign but that's as far as his progress took him at Hillsborough.

It's as yet unknown whether the youngster has another club lined up to move to.

Modest's departure follows David McGoldrick's return to Nottingham Forest from a loan spell at S6 yesterday.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 18 2011

Time: 11:18AM

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This must be driven by a need to cut the wage bill - how many chances has he had? Without any reserve games to prove himself we should have sent him out on loan again.
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18/10/2011 12:10:00

He started well but only made modest progress.
Radon Barrier
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18/10/2011 12:21:00

It is weird we scrapped reserve games how can younger players prove themselves? Odd decision
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18/10/2011 12:55:00

I think the problem is the young players aren't good enough and until we move up the ladder anyone that has any real promise will be snapped up by a club that is more attractive, therefore spend the money on the wages to get out of this division first then invest in the youth set up once we're a more attractive proposition again. It's short term-ist I know but if it means we can afford to keep Marshall for the season and get another quality winger in (Roberts please Mr Manderic) and get promotion, then start investing in the grass roots properly again.
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18/10/2011 13:12:00

strange decision the scrap the reserve's a lot of are players have come through the youth and reserve set up over recent years would the likes of o'donnell jameson beevers wood bromby geary palmer etc come through if we had cancelled this syestem years ago ?
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18/10/2011 13:39:00

Didn't Brunt and Whelan also have a spell in the reserves. Also isn't it a good way of bringing injured players back - remember when Hirst played in front of 6000, i think. Also for players who need a kick up the arse ' a spell in the reserves' used to do the trick (again whelan i think). When you think about it it is strange.
Radon Barrier
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18/10/2011 14:13:00

I'd like to hear the official comment on this but it's safe to say the decision to abandon the reserve team was taken pre-Mandaric and for purely financial reasons. Given the inevitable cost of providing up to eighteen players to meet fixtures home and away, would be a drain on resources and don't forget our debts were spiralling out of sight. Even now I'm not sure we'd have the players available without putting the extra burden on either the first team squad or else the academy but I'd also imagine it's a situation to be rectified quickly. Maybe it isn't seen as a priority right now.
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18/10/2011 14:32:00

We do play the odd behind closed doors friendlies if needed to get players fit,but i think reserve teams are going to be a thing of the past, i think Gary said at the start of the season that a few teams were doing it to save money this year including Leeds and 3 premiership clubs. We seem to be doing ok without them so far, as do Leeds, lets hope it continues.
ecco owl
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18/10/2011 15:57:00

modest obviously wasn't good enough as he is 20 already and only made four appearances, bear in mind madine is only 21 and he is our premier striker. i think we should have a reserve team. here is one for you all to think about though: I don't think our youth set up is very good at all and McCauley is lucky to still have a job in my opinion, retfordowl has listed just about every player who has come thru our youth system in the last 10 years, none of them have so far amounted to much. just about all of our youth teams finish close to the bottom of there respective leagues. even united produce far better youth players than us. southampton's youth set up seems to be producing an endless supply, leeds have players come thru. we have produced very little
Hirsty's Shinpads
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18/10/2011 18:50:00

A few teams have scrapped their reserve teams this season, i see leeds have too.
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18/10/2011 20:35:00

If you are good enough, you force your way in to contention. If we had 30 solid quality players all ready to take the field on a Saturday then it may be a useful tool to try people and combinations out but we don't have this situation and aren't likely to have a squad like that for many seasons to come. Can't remember exactly but I think the reserves played in their leauge last season and I believe got two points in the whole season... it was a case of a bunch of players that weren't good enough taking to the field and proving they weren't good enough to make it to the first team. The scouting had stopped and the youth system was destroyed and it was a sad state. Over the years what has been produced can't be compared to what has come since. Players that are good enough are just that players like Palmer showed their skills at Worksop and that's why we bought him to Wednesday, he was good, we scouted him, we got him, we allowed him to turn in to the player he is now. I really hope that the work is still being done for the benefit of the club going forward as I think we have to bring on talent for the primary reason its the cheapest way of doing it. MM and GM were quoted that they were surprised about the state of the club and the lack of important activities behind the scenes and I'm sure they are working on it. The crop of players in majority in the reserves were just not good enough... I think the decision to knock it on the head and start again from scratch was the right one. We have to concentrate every penny we have on the first team squad to try and secure promotion while building for the future at the same time... I can see what took years to destroy taking at least the same to rebuild. All that being said... in every regard the "MASSIVE" Wednesday see to have turned the corner and are pushing onwards and upward! WAWAW
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