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Westley to give players a chance

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley intends to give the members of his play-off final-winning squad every chance to prove themselves in npower League One next season.

The Hertfordshire club secured a second successive promotion with a 1-0 win over Torquay at Old Trafford on Saturday and can now look forward to playing in the third tier of English football for the first time in their history.

"I think when you win promotion, it's important the players who have got you into the next league get a chance to go and show what they can do," said Westley.

The 43-year-old points to last November's FA Cup first round victory over MK Dons, who reached the League One play-offs, as evidence of his side's potential.

"We know it's going to be a really tough league but we played against MK Dons earlier this season and managed to knock them out over two games (Stevenage eventually progressed following a penalty shoot-out).

"We did have to dig in and certainly at times it was really tough for us, but you wouldn't have looked at the game and thought there was a massive gulf in class."

Westley is well aware he and his staff have work to do before the club return to competitive action in August.

"I haven't had a chance to do any long-range planning," he added. "Until you know which league you are in you can't start that planning in earnest.

"We're not going to have Sheffield Wednesday's resources or Sheffield United's resources, but the television monies will increase and I'll sit down with the chairman and understand what implications there are going forward.

"We know it's going to be tough but for now my focus is on enjoying the moment rather than looking too far ahead."

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