U-21 professional Development League 'perfect platform for Leicester City lads'
Joining the under-21 professional Development League will help Leicester City bring through young players into the first team, believes development coach Steve Beaglehole.
City have made a promising start to life in the inaugural League Two North division, having drawn with strong Wigan and Derby sides and then beating Crewe 4-0 at the King Power Stadium.
City have three more home games lined up at the King Power and Beaglehole said the standard of the league, which has been set up to fill the void between youth team and the senior squad, will prove to be the perfect platform for young players.
"So far, I am very pleased because it is great to have regular fixtures instead of training all week and having nothing at the end of it," he said.
"I think it is great for the club to have that extra team because we have always thought there is a big gap between under-18s football and the first team.
"Now we have this league, we hope we can get more players through into the first team, and more players who are assets to the club."
Several of the team in Monday night's fixture against Crewe had never experienced playing at the King Power before.
Beaglehole said it was vital young players get experience of playing in big arenas and on first-team pitches.
"The other advantage is that we played at Pride Park against Derby and then at the King Power Stadium against Crewe," he said.
"It is great for the young players to play on the pitch."