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Development squad

The development squad aims to continue progressing players who have finished their academy scholarships by introducing them to a higher level of football. Under the tutelage of former Dons defender Alan Reeves, the squad bridges the gap between the ages of 18 and 21, where levels of physicality and intensity notably increase. The coaching focuses on players who could make an impact at first-team level, exposing them to the rigours of senior football in a supportive environment, but also keeps developing those players who need more time to make that step up, The development squad has a full programme of fixtures and will comprise a number of players over the course of the season, including full-time development squad members, selected Under-18 players, first-team players in need of game time.