PICTURES: Fans invited to meet first team stars at Dundee FC public training session

© DC ThomsonDundee fan Matthew Barron (aged 5) from Perth.
Dundee fan Matthew Barron (aged 5) from Perth.

Dundee fans had the chance to watch some of the team’s new additions on Monday as the club opened its doors for a public training session.

Supporters were invited to attend at the Kilmac Stadium from 10am to 1pm and watch on from the Bobby Cox Stand as manager James McPake led players through their paces.

Fans were given the opportunity to meet the first team players and engage in a range of other activities put on specially for the day.

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Players and manager James McPake meet the fans for autographs and pictures after training

The free session also saw supporters reintroduced to team mascot Deewok, who has been brought out of cold storage for next season after being dropped at the end of season 2017/18.

Deewok was a Dens Park fixture for almost 20 years but the club confirmed he had been “sleeping for over a year now” prior to an advert being placed last month for an individual to help take the bear “out of hibernation”.

A spokesman for the club said: “It was a successful event and great for so many fans to see the new management team and squad up close ahead of the new season starting this week.

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Deewok, the Dundee FC mascot has returned
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Alexis Petrie (aged 10, from St Marys, Dundee) gets a hug from Deewok

“As well as having our players train on the pitch and signing autographs for the supporters, we also had activities such as face painting, inflatable football goals, the return of Deewok and a stall from our new main club sponsor Switch.

“We are keen to hold events like this to try and get the players and staff as close to the supporters as possible.”

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Amelia Doland (aged 4) and her aunt Sophie Doland from Dens, Dundee.
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Lynette Bryceland with children Lois Bryceland (aged 3) and Patrick Bryceland (aged 18 months) from St Marys, Dundee.
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Charlie Melvin (aged 6) and brother Robbie Melvin (aged 9, both from Birkhill, Dundee), Rory Massie (aged 9) and wee brother Harris Massie (aged 2, both from Fintry, Dundee) and Leon Stuart (aged 9 from St Marys, Dundee).

Dundee returned from their pre-season training camp in Spain late on Friday evening ahead of yesterday’s open day session.

The team will play their first home pre-season match and last fixture ahead of competitive football when they welcome Blackpool to the Kilmac Stadium this evening at 7.45pm.

They will then travel to Raith Rovers on Saturday in the Betfred Cup.