Reds boss ready to back the young ones

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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft believes the club’s young stars have a significant role to play next season.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Flitcroft has revealed he would like a 20-man squad for next season, with the option of using the club’s young players – many of whom play in the development team – to bring in as and when he needs them.

The Reds currently only have 12 senior professionals for next season, with a string of development players who could be brought into the first team

And with the futures of keeper Luke Steele, defenders Bobby Hassell and Martin Cranie, and winger Tomasz Cywka unclear, Flitcroft is working hard to sign new players ahead of the new campaign.

“I’ve been looking at a lot of players from League One, in the Championship, Belgium and Scotland, all over really,” revealed Flitcroft.

“Ideally I’d like a really strong squad of 20 players with the development players to pick from.”

Development players Paul Digby, Danny Rose, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Lukas Lidakevicius and Andrai Jones have all experienced first team football at some stage of their Oakwell careers.

And with Flitcroft again expected to have a small squad at his disposal because of a limited budget, the club’s younger players are likely to play their part during the 2013-14 campaign.

As Reds defender Jimmy McNulty revealed: “Everybody will play a huge part next season. The younger players will play a part because we’ve got a small squad.

“There’s more belief amongst a lot of the players now,” added McNulty.