Clive Nates Exclusive: Will the club persue an U23 setup, or something different?

As part of our podcast with Clive Nates, we got around to discussing how the new model will deal with the development of players not quite ready for first-team football. 

The whole podcast will be released at 7 am tomorrow morning, but as a taster we thought we’d put out the answer to one of Clive’s answers, to give you something to digest before you get to hear our dulcet tones.

One of the questions we were asked to put to Clive was whether there would be an Under 23 team being put together where our talented young players would remain around the club, but player regular football.

“It’s unlikely we’d go for an Under 23 model,” said our chairman.

“One of the disadvantages of the Under 23 model is very few players in that model will actually come through and be good enough for the first team. You would end up just having a whole load of players filling up spots for an Under 23 team. It also is another level before the players can get into the first team.”

Clive, who is over in the UK for the AGM, admitted there was a plan being put into place that would see our promising talent handed senior football.

“For us, we feel the best model, when players are good enough to start training with the first team. There is a possibility that we’re looking at with a team in a league below us where we’ll be able to send those players on loan for a period of time for them to develop.”

Whilst no teams were divulged, obviously, it would seem sensible to work in tandem with one of our local non-league sides in order to get players first-team exposure. Jordan Adebayo-Smith’s spell with Gainsborough Trinity might be an option, with Boston United another possible outlet for our young talent.

For more like this, as well as explanations about Clive’s input in the transfer process and the pitfalls that the club faces when recruiting, make sure you’re on your podcast provider tomorrow morning, or on the site here where we’ll queue up ready for release.



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