Southampton Under-18s will be aiming to bring through the next batch of young players between now and the end of the season, according to Craig Fleming.
The Saints youngsters travel to Fulham in league action as usual on Saturday, but manager Fleming admits that the group of players and focus will alter slightly from here on in.
“It’s a changing of the guard now, really,” he explained.
“The younger boys will come in and play the vast majority, as well as looking to blood a few of the Under-16s in preparation for next year. That’ll be the theme until the end of the season.
“But I imagine Fulham will be quite similar to what we faced at the start of the season. They are a decent and physical side, so it will be a tough game for our boys.”
Away from club football, a large number of Fleming's men have also received international recognition throughout this campaign.
Jake Vokins, Christoph Klarer and Thomas O’Connor are all out on international duty this month – an achievement that Fleming believes highlights the group’s development.
“It’s been a very good year on that front,” he continued.
“We’ve had a lot of lads that have been away from the international scene and have forced their way back in, as well as lads getting fresh call-ups.
“So it’s been fantastic for the boys. Ultimately that’s what we want at the club: players that are getting recognised and can push on to come through the ranks.”