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THERE has been a mixed reaction from Welsh Premier clubs to the Under 21s national league, which is due to kick-off next season.
Three mid-Wales clubs have backed the new league, but Caersws have given it the thumbs down.
Newtown chairman Phil Trenbath welcomed the move: "This is an opportunity for young lads to play in front of their own audience against players who are at a similar stage of development," he said.
"The fact is that reserve teams should not be a part of the Welsh pyramid and this is a way for players to develop their talent and progress."
Welshpool boss Steve Hughes says the club are "very interested" in any move to help raise the standard of reserve players for Welsh Premier clubs.
"As long as we could still play a number of over age players, we would certainly be in favour," he told the County Times.
TNS managing director is also a supporter of the concept, saying: "This is an excellent step forward, allowing players to enjoy the spotlight and for the first team management to inspect progress."
But Caersws chairman Garth Williams, the new Welsh Premier board member for mid-Wales, says the Bluebirds will not take part.
"Youngsters are already representing the club in the Welsh Premier and we feel asking them to travel to North Wales in midweek is asking too much," he commented.
27 May 2021