Crewe Alexandra assistant manager Steve Davies has told the youngsters and trialists at the club that they still have time to impress before the season starts.
The Railwaymen took to the field on Monday against Welsh side Rhyl, with several youngsters and trialists featuring for Dario Gradi's side. Davies took charge of the Alex side that drew 0-0, and urged those on the fringe to make their stake for a starting place ahead of the Npower League Two campaign.
With a handful of friendlies arranged before the season kicks off, Davies is hoping for one or two to take their chance and impress the coaching staff whilst the opportunity arises.
Speaking to Crewe Alex Player, Davies said: "It's too early to say what the side will be for that first game because a lot of things can happen between now and then. There are a lot of games for players to impress and for us to look at our shape.”
Crewe will travel to Swindon Town on the opening weekend of the season, and Davies believes that the Robins’ shape specifically will decipher what team they put out.
"We will need to have a look at Swindon and their shape, and then set a team up to perform against that. Then it is down to the players and who is performing consistently well, whoever is looking strongest at the start of the season will play,” he said.
Davies is hopeful that an increased number of younger players will be involved with the senior side this season, and has made it clear that anyone impressing in training will be involved with the first team next season.
He said: "All the younger lads have got to do is show that they can do a job at League Two level and that's what we will be looking for them to do. The Wolves game (their next friendly) will provide a step up and our players will have to step up to the challenge that they provide.”