Promising Hull City stars told loans will help careers
STEPHEN Clemence admits Hull City's aspiring youngsters may need to fly the nest on loan if they are to bridge the chasm between reserve and first-team football.
The Tigers' second string are enjoying an excellent run of form under Clemence this season, with five wins from their last six.
The diminished standards at reserve level though make it an increasingly difficult stage for a rookie to convince manager Steve Bruce of their talents.
Academy products Liam Cooper, Conor Townsend and Jamie Devitt have all made it as far as the first-team bench this season but, with a quarter of the campaign gone, none of that trio have enjoyed a taste of Championship action.
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Danny East (Northampton), Sonny Bradley (Aldershot) and Mark Oxley (Burton Albion) are all currently out on loan attempting to earn valuable experience.
And Clemence believes others may have to follow before they are blooded in the first team.
"Ideally, these days the progression seems to be to have a loan move to help the young lads make the step up from reserve team to first team," said reserve-team boss Clemence.
"That's what we would encourage here. If clubs from League One or League Two came in for some of our young lads then we'd probably be willing to let them go. Then you can really see where they're at.
"It's a big step up from the reserve team to go and play in the Championship. It can be done but it would take a very special player.
"The natural progression is probably the loan move. We've had one or two phone calls and we'll see where it goes."
Cooper, Townsend and Devitt, who all impressed in City's 4-2 reserve win at Chesterfield on Tuesday, spent part of last season out on loan but have so far made only small in-roads into the first-team picture this term.
Cooper rejected a loan move to League One Portsmouth in August in a bid to win back the position he held for the final seven games of last season, while Townsend and Devitt are also thought to have attracted interest from League Two sides.
Clemence would be open to the trio leaving and said: "Coops, Conor and Dev have all been on the bench this year so it will be a decision for the gaffer. A lot would depend on injuries in the first team but that may well be the next step for them."
Clemence, himself, has enjoyed a promising start to life as City's reserve-team coach.
The 34-year-old left his position with Sunderland over the summer to rejoin Bruce's coaching team and the former Spurs, Birmingham and Leicester midfielder is lapping up his increased responsibility.
"I'm really enjoying the challenges that it brings. It's not easy and it gets you quite worked up. But it's a great position and I'll be looking to bring through a player or two if I can."