Spurs’ development squad to compete in next seasons Checkatrade Trophy:
The EFL announced the list of teams competing in the coming Checkatrade Trophy for the 2017/18 season, and its big news for our academy. Our under 23’s side are one of the invited premier league clubs that will take part in next seasons competition. We refused our chance to compete in the competition during the last campaign, with international fixtures clashing with the competition putting major clubs off, but the EFL have made sure the dates won’t clash this time round. The news comes just a day after Spurs appointed their new under 23’s head coach, former Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett who takes charge of our development squad. Whilst former goalkeeper Perry Suckling returns to our academy set up, as an academy goalkeeping coach from championship side QPR. Head of coaching and player development John McDermott had the following to say on accepting our invitation to the competition: “We took the decision to enter the competition as it is beneficial for the Development Squad’s scheduling this year. We know the EFL Trophy will provide a massive challenge for us and we look forward to testing ourselves.” The competition which starts on the week commencing the 28th of August will be a phenomenal experience for our youngsters, coming up against senior players in a competitive game will provide our development squad with an invaluable opportunity.
I for one am absolutely delighted that we have taken the decision to take part in the competition, we will be drawn into a group of four (in the southern section) with the draw scheduled for next month. We could be drawn with anyone from Charlton Athletic to Plymouth Argyle, with all group games being held away from home. This is a precious opportunity for our under 23’s to challenge themselves against tough senior opposition and I’m sure Wayne Burnett’s side will rise to the challenge. I am pleased to announce that I will be reporting from all three group stage games, and I very much look forward to the competition beginning. COYS