Concerned Wilson wants reserve-team reform

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DAVID McAllister was dispatched to Shrewsbury Town on loan because of concerns about the state of reserve- team football, Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson revealed last night.

McAllister, who has made five starts for the South Yorkshire club this term, is scheduled to spend the next month at Greenhous Meadow despite extending his Bramall Lane contract on Thursday.

Wilson said: “Reserve-team fixtures are very infrequent at the moment. We’ve seen a lot of teams pull out because of the cost and if you bring more in then it adds to the cost in terms of travel.

“Then, in some matches, you find you are coming up against very young kids which means the more experienced lads don’t take much out of it.

“We hear talk about under-21 leagues and development leagues but nothing comes to fruition. It’s a conundrum, it really is.”

Shrewsbury are fifth in League Two while United enter today’s League One fixture at Bury in second place.

“Shrewsbury are pushing hard for something so, when David comes back, it means he’ll have been in the same environment,” Wilson said.