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BOWYER KEEN TO PROMOTE YOUTH

17 July 2019

Gary Bowyer insists he is open to the idea of including academy players in his first-team squad over the coming campaign, following last night's victory over Eccleshill United.

Four of the Bantams’ under-18s featured in City’s latest pre-season outing at the Mitton Group Stadium.

And the City boss believes it is important for clubs to produce their own players.

He said: “For our young boys - in particular - it is a great learning experience for them. It is the next stage in their development and it is great to give all of them some minutes.

“Reece Staunton, Eliot Goldthorp and Finn (Cousin-Dawson) all got 45 minutes under their belts. Connor Morris came on towards the end, as well as playing against Liverpool, so we are delighted with that.

“The youth players definitely remain in my plans for the coming season. Having come from an academy background myself, coaching wise, I think it is very important for clubs to produce their own, over the years.

“Bradford have always done very well with that and we are hoping to keep it going, moving forward.”

Bowyer also believes dipping into the non-league market to "take a look" at trialists could prove a rewarding exercise, through pre-season.

He cites Tyler French as an example of how non-league players can go under the radar.

But the former Blackpool chief is determined to take close look at a different types of players, having featured a further 10 trialists against the Eagles.

He added: “We have been given another opportunity to have a look at some boys we have in on trial - I am happy with how some of them have applied themselves.

“For the trialists, it is just a case of them getting out there and showing us what they have got.

“We have been recommended them - with quite a few from non-league - because you never know what is out there.

“Look at Tyler French - he came to us at the back end of last season and now he is playing against Liverpool and getting man of the match.

“The players are out there, it is just important to provide them with a stage to perform. The Eccleshill friendly presented that opportunity."


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