Dundee United boss Micky Mellon has signalled that he is set to give those players who have returned to Tannadice after a loan spell away from the club a first-team opportunity.

The Tannadice club have recalled players who were on loan at lower league clubs due to the current League One and League Two suspension in Scottish football.

Returned as better players

However, Mellon believes that the players benefited from their spells in the lower leagues. He feels they have returned to the club as better players.

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Dundee United manager Micky Mellon (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Indeed, Mellon feels that it is only a matter of time until the loan players get a chance in the Dundee United first-team.

“We have recalled most of them now. You don’t often get the opportunity to thank the clubs who have been part of their growth as people and players” he said (The Courier).

Mellon went on to thank the lower league clubs for helping to develop the United youngsters.

“Be part of it now”

“That is a real credit to the clubs they have been at. So I’m going to say thank you to them. The growth from when they left is really good. You’re looking at some of them now and saying: ‘Do you know what? He could play. He could come into the group and be part of it now’” Mellon enthused.

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Dundee United in action against Hamilton (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The United manager ended with some comments that should be hugely encouraging to the players who were out on loan.

“I mean all eight of them. I believe I have a group of young players here who will be given opportunities. It’s not if but when, and they will be given a chance because I think they’re good enough” he said.

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