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Darrell Clarke to Consider a Return to the Central League

As he continues to prepare for the upcoming League Two campaign, new Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the press and refused to rule out a return to the Central League.

Clarke, who recently replaced Dean Keates in the Banks's Stadium dugout, is keen for the club to develop young players for the future and may be tempted to reboot the development team in a bid to add more football to his prospects' schedules.

Under Keates the club opted to pull out of the Central League and simply concentrate their efforts on the various local Senior Cups with the team, which often consisted of a mix of fringe and youth players, taking part in the occasional behind closed doors friendly.

The decision to withdraw from the Central League was a controversial one as it ultimately took away an avenue for prospects to prove their worth and for previously injured players to boost their match sharpness.

41-year-old Clarke, who has a history of nurturing young players for the first-team, is said to be considering several options, including a return to reserve football as he looks to give his brightest and best an opportunity to shine.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "We’ll see. I’m going to analyse everything. We certainly want to move things forward so that we are producing our own players.

"But you have to make these decisions at the right times. I’m not going to stand here and say we are going to do this and that. We’ll see how things develop. All decisions will be made with the best interests of where I feel we need to be."

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