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The Future's Bright But It Won't Be Easy

Academy Director Bryan Jones was thrilled to see so many young faces in action last night, even if the result left a fair bit to be desired.

Speaking on the official site he explained it was pleasing for the younger lads to know that O'Neill will involve them if they earn it, but the days of almost being guaranteed a squad number are long over.

'The manager here has certainly raised the bar over the last couple of years and it's going to be more and more difficult to break through.

'I keep telling my staff that for a boy to come through our system and play in the Premier League is even harder than it was when Gareth Barry and Darius Vassell and others came through.

'The players have to relish that challenge and anyone who doesn't is probably at the wrong football club. They can see that the manager is prepared to throw them in at whatever age - should they prove good enough.

'That's a positive sight for them. The club has a reputation of wanting to play British players in the Premier League. That's a massive incentive for our young lads. They know that if they work hard and they produce the goods, they've got a chance.'

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday July 16 2008
Time: 3:22PM


not that are youngsters aint good enough (since we know they are) but lets face it, why should the guy get exited when MoN had no choice but to play them its not like we had enough senior players.
Astonian Villan
16/07/2008 15:32:00
yep, astonianvillain is right, the youngsters were involved because MON needed to make up the numbers. Under normal circumstances with a full squad I imagine only 2 or 3 of them would have been there.
16/07/2008 15:34:00
i thought some of your youngsters did ok last night, maybe in a different cercumstance they could prove their worth.
16/07/2008 16:20:00
Yea the nerves are kicking in about the weekend fixture, I really hope we dont fail. It would be a complete nightmare!!!!!!
16/07/2008 17:19:00
We'd be the laughing stock of just about everyone. Particularly Spurs, Pompey, Everton, Man City and especially Liverpool.
17/07/2008 10:28:00
we're not gonna fail, but its probably gonna be really tough, full of plenty of heart-stopping moments!!
17/07/2008 11:40:00
We've some good youngsters, no arguments from me on that score, but none are yet ready to be thrown head first into competitive first team football, and I include Nathan Delfouesno and Harry Forrester in that assessment.
17/07/2008 12:00:00
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