What is the EDS?
- 27 January 2011 12:44
- Posted byPeter Ferguson
The Elite Development Squad is effectively the stepping stone for graduates from the club's Academy with a view to breaking through to the manager's first-team squad.
As such, the EDS has replaced the traditional reserve team at the club, fulfilling fixtures in the Barclays u21 Premier League as well as entering the Manchester Senior Cup and the Lancashire Senior Cup.
As the name suggests, the side usually comprises Under-21 players, although a senior player back in training following an injury might sometimes be given a run-out in an EDS match to aid his return to full match fitness.