Youngsters give hope to Robins

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MARK Robins is confident the future is bright at Barnsley with youth blossoming.

The Oakwell boss gave a string of youngsters their chances this season, especially in the club’s last few matches in the Championship.

Gifted youngsters Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Jordan Clarke and Danny Rose all got their chances, with Alistair Taylor also in the club’s pool of future talent.

And Robins is hopeful the experience those players gained from playing for the first team and training with the first team squad this season will be beneficial going forward.

“Everything’s looking good, the kids that are coming through are very talented,” Robins told The Star.

“These young lads have been coming into the side and getting better and better.

“It’s a hard balancing act because the Championship is a tough and gruelling test for young players, but these kids are the future of the club.

“There’s plenty of cause for optimism because the experience they’ve had so far can only help them.”

Proof that youth is working came in the Reds’ last game of the season at home to Millwall, with Noble-Lazarus bagging the winning goal in a 1-0 win.

The young midfielder is highly-rated and had a trial with Manchester United, while Clark attracted interest from Manchester City.

But both players have stayed at Oakwell and have been happy to grow under the expert tutelage of Robins, with more first-team opportunities hopefully around the corner.

“Reuben’s goal in our last match was a great way to finish off the season for us,” added Robins.

“He’s a great talent, but I’ve had to work really hard with him since I joined the club.

“He was in the first team when he was 15 and for lads of that age it’s difficult.

“I thought he’d been brought in too early, so I put him back with his own age group and slowly integrated him with the first team squad.

“It’s really worked because he’s worked hard with his peers, he’s got a bit older and improved as a player.

“He’s come into the side and got better and better, like a lot of the other young players who have impressed me.

“I’ve had a good chance to look at Danny Rose and Jordan Clark as well, which has been really beneficial this season.”