By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle have revealed why they declined the chance to take part in the EFL trophy next season.
The newly-relegated Championship club believe that the younger players would be better served going out on-loan than playing in the competition, which will see Newcastle’s Under-23s face senior sides in League One and League Two.
The competition, formerly known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, has opened its doors to clubs with Category One academies and asked if their teams would be interested in fielding an Under-23 line-up in the tournament.
However, the Magpies have declined the invitation and have released a statement on the club’s official website saying: “Newcastle can confirm it has declined an invitation to take part in the 2016/17 EFL Trophy.”
“Though Newcastle did subsequently receive an invite to compete in the EFL trophy, the club feels their younger players would be better served by going out on loan and gaining experience over an extended period in a first team environment.
“Although Newcastle supports the principle of the competition’s new format, participating in the EFL trophy is not something the club wishes to do this season.”
The Magpies were relegated to the Championship last season and their fixture list has already increased.
The Toon have a history of producing players from their academy and giving them opportunities in the first team, with notable current Premier League pair Andy Carroll and Fraser Forster starting at the north east club.
Newcastle’s fierce rivals Sunderland will be playing in next season’s EFL trophy and have been drawn in a group against League One side Rochdale and League Two pair Hartlepool and Notts County.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies will not be making a move to sign young Sheffield United attacking midfielder Che Adams.