Tro­phy suc­cess would bring in cru­cial money

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -

JOHN Coleman has re­vealed he will con­tinue to take the EFL Tro­phy ex­tremely se­ri­ously - as the prize money on of­fer from wins in the com­pe­ti­tion could lead to a new sign­ing in Jan­uary.

The EFL Tro­phy has been heav­ily crit­i­cised over the past two sea­sons due to the in­tro­duc­tion of academy teams from Premier League and Cham­pi­onship teams.

It has led to many sides in League One and Two not pay­ing the com­pe­ti­tion as much at­ten­tion as they may have done in the past, but Coleman won’t be tak­ing that ap­proach.

“The prize money per win in this com­pe­ti­tion is £10,000 and that would also mean a lot to us, more so than Mid­dles­brough and Wi­gan and pos­si­bly also Black­pool,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site. “It could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween us get­ting in a player in Jan­uary or not do­ing, so that’s a mas­sive in­cen­tive.

“Plus it’s a chance for play­ers who haven’t played as much foot­ball as they would like to come into the team and stake a claim for a reg­u­lar place and we’ve got to try and keep this mo­men­tum go­ing by win­ning games.

“Foot­ballers crave play­ing time and it can be dif­fi­cult.”

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