Jordan Laidler

Striker on EPPP changes

by Stuart Vose

More chances for youngsters, says Laidler.

Jordan Laidler believes the Barclays Under-21 Premier League's new overage player rule will provide a greater opportunity for the club's young players to display their talent in competitive fixtures.

In recent years, young footballers have found themselves competing against established first-team players using reserve team football to recover from injury or build up their match fitness.

But under the new regulations, clubs are only permitted to name three overage outfield players and one overage goalkeeper in their matchday squads, giving young players greater scope to develop and improve.

Laidler said: "Last year, a few of the first-team played, but it now gives the lads chances to get games.

"With only three overage players being able to play, the younger players are always going to play week in week out, which is good.

"There are some great lads in the squad. Quite a few have played for the first team, which is what you want to aim for at the club.

"They're all good lads and they're good players too and we're looking to do well as a team this year."