Mark Robins wants Huddersfield Town’s youngsters to stake their claim for first-team football this season.

The manager says the emergence of players like Duane Holmes and Philip Billing shows the pathway from the development system exists.

Robins has the likes of Norwegian midfielder Sondre Tronstad and Wales junior international forward Jake Charles in the wings.

Sondre Tronstad
Sondre Tronstad
 

And Albanian junior international striker Flo Bojaj, midfielders Ben Atkinson and Ben Holmes, centre-backs William Boyle and Joe Wilkinson and keeper Sam Guthrie have all graduated from the academy ranks this time.

Goalkeeping coach Nick Colgan also has emerging talents Lloyd Allinson and Ed Wilczynski to work with. And teenage defender Joe Wright is also a member of the Under 21 squad now under the control of Frankie Bunn.

Fans are also wondering whether the likes of Danny Carr, Jake Carroll, Matt Crooks and Jordan Sinnott can push on.

“I want to see the young players putting themselves forward,” said Robins, whose side take on Portuguese team SC Portimonense in Albufeira today (6.00) and go to Guiseley on Monday (7.45).

“The production of our own talent is a key area for us, and there will be chances for those who show they are good enough.”

He added: “We have enough friendlies to take a look at everyone. The push to catch the eye has already started.”

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