Notts County: We have to give more young players a chance, says chief executive Jim Rodwell
NOTTS County must start giving their young players a big chance at Meadow Lane, says chief executive Jim Rodwell.
The Magpies have a lot of highly-rated youngsters, but only 18-year-old goalkeeper Fabian Spiess has started a league game in the first team this season – and that is only because of an injury to No.1 Bartosz Bialkowski.
And Rodwell fears the likes of centre-back Haydn Hollis, 20, and striker Tyrell Waite are going to waste.
Hollis has played just one league game for Notts since graduating from the club's youth setup – and that was over a year ago – while Waite has played two games as a sub, after moving to Meadow Lane from non-league Ilkeston FC 13 months ago.
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There are more promising players, like Curtis Thompson, Jake Wholey and Greg Tempest at the club.
And after seeing Spiess take the step-up in his stride, Rodwell wants to see more of those players make their breakthrough.
"Fabian's come in for a couple of games and done well and we'd like to see more of them play," he said.
"It would be nice to see some of the young players have an opportunity.
"I share the frustration of some of our fans and would like to see Haydn Hollis, Tyrell Waite, Curtis Thompson and some of these boys have their chance.
"If we do get some of them in the team we ask for people to give them a chance and get behind them."