THE MANAGER of Bromsgrove Sporting Reserves has expressed his disappointment over the board of directors’ decision to fold the team at the end of the season.
David Smith said he respected the call, despite not agreeing with the reasons.
“Making the transition from under-21 to adult reserve football took a few months for the boys to acclimatise but I felt we were developing well,” he told the Standard.
“The last four seasons have been a pleasure seeing players develop and mature, with many coming through our own youth teams.
“I’d like us all to stay together as a group and a bulk of the players want the same so we will be looking for other external opportunities as a collective to continue our development.”
Mr Smith added as a lifetime fan of the club since the Bromsgrove Rovers days he would continue to watch the Rouslers climb up the levels.
A statement released by club chiefs said the decision to fold the reserve team was ‘not taken lightly’ and that Bromsgrove Sporting would find an ‘alternative method’ of giving youngsters more experience in preparation for adult football as well as giving first-team players more game time.
The statement added: “Any footballers showing potential could be loaned to any ‘feeder’ club or clubs whereby gaining experience.
“Bromsgrove Sporting will be seeking agreements with local clubs who run teams with whom dual registration will be possible, allowing player exchanges between clubs as and when required.
“The board of directors wish to thank everybody involved with the team, in particular manager Dave Smith, his coaches and the players who have shown considerable loyalty to the club along with Andy Parr, the reserves’ matchday secretary.”