Message From ArabTRUST Chairman

Message From ArabTRUST Chairman
22 Aug

Welcome to the new and significantly improved ArabTRUST website. With the dawning of a new season, we've taken the opportunity to invest in an enhanced site to improve how we communicate with our members, United fans and anyone else who has an interest in what we are doing.

The improved functionality of the site will allow us to get much closer to our members, through the improved members area and the opportunity to conduct opinion polls on a more regular basis. Look out for the first poll of the season after the game against St Mirren on 30th August, where we will vote for the first Player of the Month. We hope to present the award to the successful player after the Hamilton game on 13th September and we’ll be randomly drawing an ArabtTRUST member to hand over the trophy.

It’s been a strange summer on the football front. After the crushing disappointment of the last game of last season, we’ve seen the huge positive of near record season tickets sales for Tannadice and the transfer of 2 of our brightest talents for unbelievable sums of money. Whilst Andy Robertson is a fantastic rags to riches story (that could be a good name for a book...), the move for ArabTRUST member Ryan Gauld to Sporting Lisbon is a fantastic coup for the player but also the Dundee United Youth Academy. For everyone who has ever contributed to ArabTRUST, to be able to think that your investment in the Youth Academy has even in a small way helped Gauldy develop and move for such a huge fee is a great reward. Everyone at ArabTRUST wishes both Andy and Ryan every success in their future career and thanks them for their contributions at Dundee United.

The sale of the players has unsurprisingly left United in a far better position financially. The progress made in the last 18 months by the Board is great to see and hopefully this stability can continue for years to come. Fingers crossed the extra money available might mean that the long awaited redevelopment of Gussie Park can finally go ahead.

Given our focus on supporting youth development, it is exciting to see that the first batch of graduates from the St John’s project, set up under Craig Levein, have joined the club this summer. In a fantastic early sign of what it might achieeve, one of the graduates – Ali Coote – made his first team debut against Forfar in a pre-season game. Here’s hoping it is the first of many games for United.

We hope that you enjoy the site and interacting with us in the season ahead and here’s hoping we all can build on the progress made both on and off the park in the last year.