Bristol news Joey Barton promotes seven youngsters to Bristol Rovers' first-team squad PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - With Joey Barton's resources thin, he wants to take a closer look at the young prospects in Bristol Rovers' academy
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Joey Barton trimmed his Bristol Rovers squad this week with the decision to move on from Trevor Clarke, Zain Westbrooke and Alex Rodman, who were told to find new clubs on Monday. Barton's squad was already thin before the decision, with the manager eager to make as many as eight signings by the transfer deadline at the end of the month. But he also believes the situation gives him the chance to take a closer look at the youngsters coming off the production line at the academy. Seven players have been added to the first-team squad for training this week, joining second-year scholar Jerry Lawrence who has been with the group since the start of pre-season. Read More Related Articles Joey Barton explains why Bristol Rovers have moved on from Trevor Clarke so soon after new deal Forwards Jamarni Langlais and Jaheim Allen, midfielder Lene Burden, winger Lucas Vaughan, defenders Will Larvin and Malik Sesay, and goalkeeper Ross Mason have all been called up to The Quarters to get more experience training with Rovers' senior players. Langlais had some experience with the first team last season as a 16-year-old, appearing in the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy. Vaughan and Larvin got minutes for the Gas early in pre-season. "We're short at the minute but we keep turning to guys who aren't going to have an impact in our group and I'd much prefer to open the pathways for the next crop, the next generation," Barton said on Thursday. "While those senior players are around, you lean on them, because you go, 'okay, it's better than throwing the kids in at the deep end'; Saturday's game for me was a kind of line drawn in the sand in terms of cleaning out the group.
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." By trimming his squad, Barton believes it will enable the likes of central midfielder Lawrence, who caught the eye in pre-season, to get more chances on the training pitch in match situations while the club also focuses on making additions in the transfer market. "Zain is a top kid, I really want him to do well, but it just hasn't worked at Rovers and I can't keep turning to him because Jerry Lawrence doesn't get minutes if Zain's about because you would naturally go to the more experienced boy," Barton explained.
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