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New format excites Academy boss

ONLOOKER: Allen is looking forward to the Premier League 2 this season.

ONLOOKER: Allen is looking forward to the Premier League 2 this season.

Academy Director Mark Allen says the new Under-23 format for the EDS level will present exciting opportunities for the Club's youngsters.

The Under-23 age limit is an increase of two years from last season's U21 league while rules for teams fielding overage outfield players remains the same with three players permitted plus an overage goalkeeper - but City are taking the opportunity to give crucial experience to the Club's upcoming youngsters by fielding an Under-19 team in the new league.

Academy Director Mark Allen said: “The new format is an ideal opportunity for our Under-19 players to really test themselves this season.

“We’ll be fielding a young team but we believe this is crucial in their future development.

“It is a challenge for them on a number of levels, but one we are confident they will learn from while helping them progress. Our Under-17s will form the Under-18 side for the coming season, too, so they too will benefit from playing regularly against older players in the professional phase.

“It’s a policy we will be adopting at a number of age levels throughout the Club.”

Simon Davies' side begin their campaign on 15 August away to Derby County.

Fixtures can viewed here...


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EDS score six in first pre-season friendly

CITY IN CROATIA: EDS line up with their opposition before kick-off.

City EDS kicked off their 2016/17 preparations with a comfortable 6-0 win over Czech outfit, FC Slovacko in Novigrad, Croatia.

Isaac Buckley-Ricketts struck twice in the first half to give Simon Davies’s side the perfect start before Paolo Fernandes netted with a free-kick early in the second period to make it 3-0.

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LG EDS Player of the Season

FINAL THREE: Who will it be? Vote now!

Bersant Celina, Aleix Garcia and Angus Gunn have been shortlisted for the City EDS Player of the Season for 2015/16.

You can vote now for your choice on the Elite Development Squad Facebook page or watch this video first which should help you to make your decision.

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Jack Byrne joins Blackburn for 2016/17 campaign

EDS midfielder Jack Byrne has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan deal.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international will spend the 2016/17 campaign with Owen Coyle's side after agreeing to join the Championship side until next summer