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Jul 9, 2011
First off Quite an impressive debate has been raging about whether some of our youngsters in the development squad ( Layne, Brown , Williams) should get a shot at first team action for their development and experience and when. Equally strongly some take the view it is in their best interests to remain longer with the Development squad before stepping up? but for how long?

Secondly do we take enough advantage of loaning out youngsters from the Development squad for them to gain experience and see if they can improve and cut the mustard

Lets take a quick look at Oxford . who we all thought we would roll over. Large squad for a start of 32. Amongst their 6 FORWARDS on the books are two 18 year old loanees. both played this season, one scored ( jakubiak) Both younger than Layne and Williams. Tyrone Marsh is also ageing fast at 20 years and scored against us in the league Trophy last year. Three more of their youngsters are out on Loan ( a defender, midfielder and forward ) good balance there, out on loan to Farnborough and Banbury .

So should this not be happening more for our lads with the likes of Bridge, Banton, Farrell et el, or indeed Williams , Layne and Brown, if their nether regions are not even going to warm the first eleven bench any time soon?