RUDY FUNK’S COLUMN: Reserves will get their chance

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There has been a lot of call for reserve team players to be given their chance in the first team.

Last season I spent a lot of time getting the structure of the club right.

I spoke to Nigel Carson, who runs the youth set-up, and I also had lengthy chats with our reserve team manager Steve Brennan.

These chats are not one-offs, they are regular because I want to be kept up to speed with players who are doing well and how things are going.

Some people may be wondering why I haven’t been to many junior games this season, as I attended a number last term.

That has been because all of my focus is on getting the first team where we want to be.

Everything is in place below, now we have to get prepared to get ourselves in a position to push on for promotion.

Obviously the reserves are hugely important to the club, but you have to be careful when you blood these players.

I have worked in academies so I know what it can do when you throw untried younger players straight in there.

The reserves are doing well and they are playing well as a team at the moment, so I don’t want to disrupt that.

I could take players away and put them on the bench, then they could end up with a week without a game.

We have games coming up where we could rest a few of the first team lads, and obviously the reserves will be a great option when they come around.

We have built up a first team squad that we are confident can achieve things.

The reserves will get their chance to impress in the first team, but only when the time is right.

Got a question for Rudy? Email martin.dowey@jpress.co.uk