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Tom Coates

Squad age

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I've had a few emails and messages asking about the average age of our squad.

By the start of the 2013 season we'll have full profiles of every player on the official website, but until then here's some info:

Aizue 34

Hepworth 31

Gallagher 29

Buchanan 28

Spicer 28

Coleman 24

Craven 24

Jones 24

Akaidere 22

Schofield 22

Spaven 22

Tebb 22

Cosgrove 21

Morton 21

Spiers 21

Scott 21

Tonks 21

Brown 20

Hale 20

Lillycrop 20

Wright 20

Beckett 19

Average age: 23

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An average age of 23 seems quite young, especially when you reckon that the oldest amongst them won't be expected to be on the field for at least half of the time, and I don't reckon we've signed him to be a steadying influence anyway. Its my main worry about next season. As somebody once said, (might have been Alex Murphy) 'if you're good enough, you're old enough', but the Championship is, I think, the toughest division from the point of view of players having to man-up and look after themselves. I hope we have the steel that is needed, especially in defence.

The trouble these days is that results have to come straight away. Its no longer possible to build a future on the field by starting with a young side and developing them as a unit. The end of season player merry-go-round which now happens every year has put paid to that.

However we will see what happens, and despite my reservations I am looking forward to the new season more than I have for a while.

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An average age of 23 seems quite young, especially when you reckon that the oldest amongst them won't be expected to be on the field for at least half of the time, and I don't reckon we've signed him to be a steadying influence anyway. Its my main worry about next season. As somebody once said, (might have been Alex Murphy) 'if you're good enough, you're old enough', but the Championship is, I think, the toughest division from the point of view of players having to man-up and look after themselves. I hope we have the steel that is needed, especially in defence.

The trouble these days is that results have to come straight away. Its no longer possible to build a future on the field by starting with a young side and developing them as a unit. The end of season player merry-go-round which now happens every year has put paid to that.

However we will see what happens, and despite my reservations I am looking forward to the new season more than I have for a while.

Good post Steve. It'll be interesting to see if we can build a squad over a few years in the current climate.

It seems to me like there's a definite group of five players at the top of the list who will be in the 17 every week if fit. And aside from Aizue, who as you rightly say will probably be utilised as an impact player, I think we have four senior guys in that top group with proven experience and leadership qualities.

It's hard to believe that Tonks is still only 21!

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Good post Steve. It'll be interesting to see if we can build a squad over a few years in the current climate.

It seems to me like there's a definite group of five players at the top of the list who will be in the 17 every week if fit. And aside from Aizue, who as you rightly say will probably be utilised as an impact player, I think we have four senior guys in that top group with proven experience and leadership qualities.

It's hard to believe that Tonks is still only 21!

But didn't we buy Tommy Gallagher as a utility player?

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There is clearly still a gap in the squad which needs filling by a more experienced player/team leader. Spicer might be labelled as such but, to be fair, he's not the most vocal player and didn't really have his best season last year, so I'd like to see a key recruit filling this role.

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Still think we should be looking at Scott Murrell (unless he's been signed up elsewhere) think he would fill the gap?

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Still think we should be looking at Scott Murrell (unless he's been signed up elsewhere) think he would fill the gap?

Halifax.

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Hull.

(this is one of those word-association games isn't it?)

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Still think we should be looking at Scott Murrell (unless he's been signed up elsewhere) think he would fill the gap?

I think Halifax signed him up I believe.

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