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Chris predicts bright future

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

A stint in the reserves following injury is not always the preferred tonic for seasoned professionals - for Chris Perry it was an enjoyable glimpse into our future.

The defender featured in four games for Colin Calderwood's side - Leicester, Charlton, Ipswich and Wimbledon - after recovering from a slipped disc in his neck. His mini-run of games bought two wins and a draw and the reserves finished their campaign with five wins out of eight.

Chris' assessment from his spell with the second string is that the future is bright and he feels that a number of Spurs youngsters will be pushing for a first team call in the near future.

"The performances recently have been really, really good," said Chris. "Since I came back I've been very impressed with all the young players who have come in and done well.

"Particularly players like Mark Yeates - named in the squad for the trip to Middlesbrough - and Rohan Ricketts is looking good on the ball. You don't really notice it unless you come down and watch these reserve games or get the chance to play with them.

"I think the future is looking bright. We've got players like Stephen Kelly, Ronnie Henry and John Jackson out on loan and doing very well - Dean Marney did excellently at Swindon, has come back and his form has been fantastic.

"I'm sure if there was an injury to Stephen Carr he would be pushing for a place in there."

Chris added that the club's policy of recruiting and bringing through young talent is likely to pay dividends again.

"Certainly the future is good. Tottenham's policy has been to sort of buy young and also try to bring through the youth players. Gradually it is coming to fruition now and you'll find over the next few years, four, five or six young players coming into the squad."