It has been decided that our Reserve side will not be entering the Barclays Premier Reserve League for the 2009/10 season.
The Club is committed to aiding the development of our players within the Professional and Academy squads in the best way possible.
It is felt it would be of greater benefit providing our 18 to 21-year-old players with a tailor-made games programme, which includes experiencing competitive football with loan transfers, tournaments and private friendly fixtures that allows greater flexibility around the First Team's fixture schedule.
It also enables fixtures to be arranged as and when they are required for First Team squad members.
We have outlined our thoughts to the Premier League and explained how we feel this programme provides a better alternative in meeting the changing requirements of our players.
"I just think it gives you the option of fixing up a game where and whenever you want rather than being tied to a fixture schedule which can sometimes prove difficult around First Team games," reasoned Manager Harry Redknapp.
"This way we can create our own schedule and play games when we want to. There are always clubs looking for games so I think this will suit us better.
"The youngsters need to go out on loan and get playing like they did last year. It was a great experience for those lads who went out so we will be looking to do the same again this season."