WE NEED to make room all the time in football so young boys get opportunities.
We have a few players out on loan. John Sutton played 90 minutes for Carlisle last Saturday, Steven Ferguson played almost 80 for Motherwell, John Jackson played again for Swindon and Shwan Jalal has gone to Woking. A younger lad, Walter Thomas, is also playing for Wingate.
We find out more when players go on loan sometimes. It's not always the case but sometimes you find out what they can do in front of a crowd and how they react to pressure.
I watched the Academy in action against Watford at the weekend and there is no pressure other than the pride of performance of the player playing in that game.
But if he had the media on his back, the crowd on his back if he wasn't performing, then he might be a different character and it's a mental thing sometimes.
The reports coming back are so-so. It is difficult placing them in successful teams and that's not easy to do. John Jackson's had a hard time at Swindon in a tough results period for them. Ferguson is just getting in the side at Motherwell and reports on that one have been sketchy. Jalal played his first game for Woking and drew 2-2, he has an interesting game coming up against Dagenham. He will have toprove this season that he's worthy of a contract next season. It's a tough life.
With a few of our players currently out on loan, director of football David Pleat talks about the importance of youngsters gaining experience of league football.