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Bench rules in need of a change

By Ian Appleyard | 11th September 2017

York City manager Gary Mills believes clubs in the National League should be allowed to name seven players on the substitutes bench.

Under the current system, only clubs in the top four divisions of English football are allowed to name seven players on the bench with clubs in the National League limited to five.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's National League North game against Gainsborough Trinity at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 7.45pm), Mills argued that a change in the law could help the development of younger players.

Mills had been asked whether reserve-team goalkeeper Luke Simpson might be added to the bench tomorrow night with first-choice Jon Wornsop currently nursing a dislocated finger.

Mills said: "I have never been one for putting a goalkeeper on the bench. There's certain games where something comes into your head that you should do it and, if for any reason, there is a little doubt with Jon, of course I will do that. We will just have to see how he is.

"When you look at what it is now, and the Premier, I think we should have seven subs anyway," he added. "I don't see why we don't?  Most teams have a squad of 18-20 (players) and I think the chance to have everyone of those involved is the right thing to do.

"Not only that, if you only have got a squad like we have, then it gives a chance to bring some of the youth into the first team set-up. Why can they have seven in the (Football) League and we can only have five in our League?

"I think we should all be on the same level. We are professionals, we are full-time, we have a squad of around about 20 and, for me, they should all be motivated and involved.

"But the biggest one for me, (after getting) a couple of injuries, you can involve a couple of the youth lads. It gets tougher at this level to bring them in if you have not got that opportunity. I don't get it?"

Worsnop, meanwhile, is expected to start tomorrow night after treatment on the injury suffered in the weekend victory over Stockport County.

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