Sheridan happy to put faith in youth
John Sheridan has insisted he will not be afraid to give youth a chance at Plymouth Argyle.
The Pilgrims' manager can call upon the services of several experienced players but his squad is not that large.
That means opportunities could crop up for some of Argyle's teenage prospects, especially should there be injuries or suspensions.
Sheridan made his senior debut for Leeds United at the age of 18 and believes that was invaluable to his development into an international player.
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All seven of Argyle's substitutes for the League Cup first round tie away to Birmingham City on Tuesday were products of the club's youth set-up, including 29-year-old goalkeeper Luke McCormick.
The other six on the bench were aged 20 or under, with apprentice midfielder Ryan Lane the youngest at 16.
Alongside him were Luke Young (20), Jamie Richards and Isaac Vassell (both 19), Tyler Harvey (18) and Ben Purrington (17).
Harvey and Vassell were both sent on as second-half substitutes as the first-round tie as Birmingham progressed to the second round with a 3-2 extra-time victory.
Sheridan said: "I'm the type of manager that thinks it doesn't matter what age they are. I learned that myself as a young player when I was at Leeds with Eddie Gray.
"That's how you learn the game. You get thrown in sometimes when you least expect it.
"I think some of the young players [at Argyle] have got an opportunity. They know if they perform well and impress me they have got a chance of getting on the pitch.
"I would have liked to have thrown one or two of them on against Birmingham but the way the game was going it was just a bit tight."
Sheridan added: "I think it's important when they go to places like Birmingham to look at what's there and realise if they work hard there might be a chance of them playing at grounds like that on a weekly basis.
"It's good experience for them, and it's only good for the club if we have got one or two promising young players coming through."
Bridges seem to have been built between the Argyle Fans' Trust and the League Two club. Relations between the two parties have not been the best in recent times, particularly after the Trust's criticism of plans for the redevelopment of Higher Home Park, including a new grandstand for the Pilgrims.
However, Trust chairman Andy Symons has had what he described as a "positive" meeting with Argyle's recently-appointed chief executive Martyn Starnes.
For his part, Starnes confirmed his wish to develop constructive relationships with the Trust and all supporters' groups.
Symons has invited Starnes to attend the next Trust board meeting later this month.
The Trust chairman said: "Martyn Starnes is an excellent choice as the club's new CEO.
"Everything about our meeting was positive, forward-thinking and had the best interests of the club at heart."
Symons outlined to Starnes an overview of the Trust's activities – past, present and future – as well as discussing ways in which the club and Trust could work together to promote supporter engagement, as well as encouraging more people, especially younger fans, to get involved at the club.
Starnes said: "I was delighted to meet with Andy and discuss the work the Trust has been undertaking for the benefit of the club and its supporters.
"I'm looking forward to meeting with the whole Trust board in the near future."