Iron vote in favour of EFL Trophy changes


The Iron’s chief executive Jim Rodwell has revealed that the club voted in favour of Premier League U21 teams entering the 2016/17 Football League Trophy at the annual Football League conference in Portugal.

Rodwell told the club’s official site: “It’s a one-year trial, which is important to emphasise. I understand some supporters won’t like the ideas because a lot of people are suspicious of change, but if you don’t try something new how do you expect innovation?”

“The EFL have invited 16 Premier League Category 1 academies to join the competition in a different kind of format. For their home games, they will also have to play at their first team stadium.

“The Premier League are putting £1-million towards this one season trial. I think the competition needs reinvigorating a little – attendances were down last season. The final itself is a special day for the EFL. It’s a great day out and competition for teams that reach the final, and fairly lucrative.”

“This is the EFL innovating once again. I’m quite excited about it. We at Scunthorpe United voted for it on the basis that it’s a one-year pilot and we’ll go from there.”

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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