Football League clubs have offered an alternative to Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's plan for a League Three for Premier League B teams, reports Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph.
Dyke had proposed a third league to include B teams from top-flight clubs and Conference clubs, but the idea did not meet approval from lower-league clubs.
Instead, the Football League will put forward an idea for an expanded Johnstone's Paint Trophy, to include Premier League B teams.
FL chief executive Shaun Harvey is quoted as saying:
At their summer meeting, clubs will discuss the Football League’s contribution to the England team and how we can enhance our already extensive contribution to the development of young players.
While the session was planned well before the findings of the FA chairman’s England Commission were made public, it does now give clubs the opportunity to have their say on these matters.
It remains our view that while the objectives of the commission are laudable, the burden it places on our clubs should not be disproportionate or unreasonable.
With this in mind, clubs will consider the merits or otherwise of inviting a number of B teams to participate in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as a means for improving elite player development while also improving the finances of League One and League Two clubs.