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Valuable experience for youngsters

Posted: Fri 29 Mar 2013

Lee Clark on the training field at Wast Hills

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Lee Clark says his decision to send two of his young players out on loan to lower league clubs will give them the chance to gain valuable first team action.

Striker Akwasi Asante has joined League One outfit Shrewsbury Town and defender Jack Deaman has linked up with League Two side Cheltenham Town.

"I’d like all the young players to be in my squad, or if not playing league football, because it teaches them what it’s about," said the Blues boss.

"Whether that's in the Championship, League One, League Two, or even the Conference which is a good standard,

"The under-18s and the development group are about developing players and the results don’t really affect anybody. But once players are through to this sort of level they’ve got to learn about winning and I like to send them out because when you get down to the lower leagues winning is ridiculously important for many factors.

"First of all it should be the thing that when you’re a professional sportsman you want to win, but certainly in the lower leagues the lads need to win to get that win bonus to top up their salary. It teaches them quickly and it teaches them harshly.

"It also shows them how other clubs are run and how lucky they are to be at a club of this size, stature and history with the facilities we’ve got. They want for nothing at this football club and they get everything, so sometimes it’s a little bit of a wake up call for them as well. The whole package for me is really important."

Meanwhile, Birmingham City can confirm that 18-year-old midfielder Fisayo Adarabioyo has left the club after both parties agreed to end the player’s contract.