Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley will give his younger players some game time in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy tie with Scunthorpe United at Blundell Park (7.45pm).
The Mariners host Paul Hurst’s side in their first group match in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday – before facing Sunderland and Leicester City U21 in October.
And Town boss Jolley has confirmed he will rotate his squad and give his younger players an opportunity to get more game time in the competition.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We’ve got an incredibly busy schedule coming up over the next month, and we’ve got to use the squad as wisely as possible.
“We’ll be putting out a team that we believe can win the game, but also a team that recognises the schedule that we’ve got.
“We’ll be making a lot of changes to the team, and we’ll be putting out a young team.
“One of the main themes of my time here has been the development of the younger players.
“And this competition gives us a good opportunity to blood some of the younger players.
“I’m talking more about the younger-end of our first-team squad, who haven’t had quite so much game time.
“So we need to make sure that we give them ample opportunity to show that they can do, and keep improving.”
But despite the squad rotation, Jolley hopes his side can make progress in all cup competitions in 2019-20.
He said: “Anytime we play Scunthorpe it’s important because it’s a local derby.
“We’ll be trying to beat our local rivals Scunthorpe and trying to make progress in this competition.
“We’ve done okay in cups since I’ve been here, and we want to do as well as we can in every competition.
“But we’ve got to remember the bigger picture, which is that we’ve got games every Saturday and Tuesday for the next five weeks, and we’ve had that all the way through August as well.
“And we’ve got a relatively small squad so we need to find a route through all of that.”
Ahkeem Rose is set to return to training this week, Harry Davis will be out for three to four weeks with his shoulder injury, and Harry Clifton has reported to Wales U21 duty with a slight knock.
Watch Michael Jolley’s full pre-Scunthorpe United press conference for free on iFollow Mariners.