RUDY FUNK: Loan market working a treat

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Football League clubs have their different philosophies on their younger players

We have benefitted from this because Hull City have allowed their third-year professional Jack Barlow the opportunity to join us on the proviso that he plays as much as he can.

Jack is in the final year of his contract, which is where Hull will decide to either extend his deal or the player will move on to other things.

This situation is good for clubs like ourselves because they tend to send players out to get competitive games.

If we continue to treat players in the right way then it can allow a good relationship to develop, which is very important for Scarborough Athletic.

As a club we are still very young, despite the experience that we have onboard, so it is vital that we forge as many relationships as possible, like we have been doing with Hull City and also Grimsby Town.

If you talk to any young players they will tell you that it is hard to adapt from playing reserve team football to the blood and thunder of football at our level.

Sam O’Malley (pictured) faced up to this when he was in our side to play against Newcastle Town and Jack felt it at the weekend when he made his home debut against Belper Town.

These were battles when no inch was given because both teams were fighting to stay in touch with the play-off places.

So as well as us benefitting from their stay, they are also learning a thing or two as well.