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Youth given a chance

17 December 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson will include as many as five apprentices in his travelling party for this Tuesday's F.A Cup with Budweiser Second Round Replay at Brentford.


Youngsters Scott Brown (pictured) and Forrayah Bass, both of whom have been involved in first-team squads already this season, will travel to Brentford, while the trio of Connor Erangey, Nathan Curtis and Calum Hepworth will also make the journey down.


Erangey and Hepworth can play in midfield and Curtis is a striker.


The five youth team members come into the reckoning with Parkinson looking to save a number of his more senior players for league fixtures coming up, including the traditionally busy Christmas period.


Parkinson has hinted that the vast majority of the selected scholars could make the bench at Griffin Park, with at least one of the youngsters possibly even being included in his starting eleven.


The Bantams boss said: "There is an element of our youth team who will come into the squad for tomorrow night."


"A few of them will probably make their debuts as well, which will be great for the club.


"Peter Horne (Head of Youth Development), Steve Thornber (Youth Team Manager) and the other staff within the youth department do a great job, and I am sure it will be nice for them to see some of the lads involved.


"I feel when we get opportunities like this, it is important to give our younger players a chance to gain some vital experience.


"If you don't give them a chance, you're never going to know if they will be good enough or not.


"The only downside to all of this is that the youth team themselves have a big game coming up in the F.A Youth Cup.


"If they win it (Histon this Thursday in the third round), they'll play Liverpool in the next round.


"It looks that their team might be weakened by the involvement of these players in the first team though, so I do feel for Steve and Peter. 


"I have great sympathy for them because this is a big game for them, but I have to do what is right for the first team.


"I know Steve and Peter certainly understand this."



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