Newcastle United have today declined the invitation to participate this season in the new EFL Trophy for U-21 sides.
They say there were initially told that they would not be invited to participate in the competition and therefore have already made other plans – mainly on loaning players out – and therefore will decline the invitation to participate, at least for this season.
Here is the Newcastle statement:
Newcastle United can confirm it has declined an invitation to take part in the 2016/17 EFL Trophy.
The Club was initially informed by the Premier League that it was not going to be invited to compete in the restructured competition.
Accordingly, the Club started to make plans with regard to the development squad for the coming season.
These plans included the intention to loan out some of the players who are currently part of the under-23 squad, rather than allowing them to compete in the Premier League 2.
Changes to the loan system, which come into effect this season, mean all loans must now be completed on a window-to-window basis, with emergency and youth loans no longer permissible.
These regulations are a contributory factor to the Club’s decision.
Though Newcastle United 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 United 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 EFL Trophy seems a good concept and will give the youngsters a lot more games to play in a season and should therefore help help in their development.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur as well as Newcastle have all rejected the chance to play U-21 teams in the EFL Trophy.
So it’s all the big and important clubs.