Bringing younger players through to the first team is at the top of manager Chris Kiwomya’s priorities list.
Since taking charge of the senior side, Kiwomya has given a number of up-and-coming players a chance to shine.
Haydn Hollis has started the last four games at centre-back and fellow youth team graduates Curtis Thompson and Greg Tempest have been handed their Football League debuts in the most recent two fixtures.
Kiwomya expects more of the squad’s youngsters to force their way into the matchday squad but has made one thing clear: they have to earn their chance.
“Getting younger and hungry players into the club is top of the list and if they’re local boys it’s even better,” he told Magpie Player.
“I want players that want to come in and work hard and give 100 per cent commitment on the pitch.
“They can build the foundations of a club and the likes of Haydn Hollis have come in and done well and hopefully they’ll continue to learn.
“They will make mistakes but that’s part of the learning process.
“There’s one or two others that can follow the line but I think, most importantly, is that the younger players will see people like Haydn getting in and taking the opportunity.
“They’ll feel that they can succeed at the club as well.”
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