November 21, 2014 by bluenosebible
By Ross Shale
Last season saw the introduction of some bright young players from the clubs Youth Academy and teenagers that were already around the squad playing bigger roles in the first team. However, we are seventeen games into the new season and we are yet to see their return.
Suspect number one: Mitch Hancox
Fan favourite for being a true Bluenose, Mitch Hancox made an impressive 38 appearances in the last two seasons, considering his age, a solid amount. Now 21, Mitch is yet to make an appearance this season. If rumours are to be believed, Hancox only began training with the first team this season when new boss Gary Rowett joined the Blues. With his impressive, passionate performances last year, I can only assume the reason for this was that he had a personal spat with Lee Clark. With Hancox only just being brought back to first team training, I wouldn’t have expected to see him in Rowett’s first few games, however, I am hopeful that Mitch will pull on the royal blue shirt regularly by the time this season comes to an end.
Suspect number two: Reece Brown
Brown was introduced last season and played eight games in total. He looked sharp, hungry for the ball and had outstanding technique. After making one appearance in the first five games of the season, Brown was loaned out to League One side Notts County. His time there seemed promising and he earned himself Man Of The Match in a game against Mansfield Town before his loan spell was cut short due to an injury. Brown is a player that has an abundance of technical ability and I hope he heals quickly and isn’t overlooked by Garry Rowett for a chance to prove himself this season.
Suspect number three: Will Packwood
Unfortunately, Packwood struggled with serious injuries last year but still managed 13 appearances for Blues and 8 whilst out on loan to Bristol Rovers. Packwood impressed even when played out of his favoured centre back role. With a lengthy absence to the injured Gavin Gunning and a leaky defence, it’s a surprise that Will wasn’t called upon. However, Rowett has begun to block up the leaky defence without Packwood’s assistance.
Do you believe Rowett should give these young guys a chance?