JASON Lee has told every player on the club’s books they have to show their desire for a first-team spot... or move on.
The Pilgrims’ manager reckons that anyone in amber and black, from the Centre of Excellence through to the reserves, will only be fit to wear the shirt if their ambitions match their talent.
“Every player at this club has to have the ambition to play for the first team,” said Lee.
“James Reed and Tom Ward moving into the first team should be a kick up the backside for everyone else.”
Ward and Reed have both progressed from the reserves to the first-team squad, the latter coming all the way through from the youth teams.
But now the former Premier League striker expects more players to be knocking on the door.
Looking back at his own career, and his debut for Charlton Athletic as a teenager, he believes all the youngsters signed on at York Street should be itching to play in the Blue Square Bet North, or above.
He added: “If the boy’s good enough, he’s old enough.
“I made my debut at 16. The physical side was the only thing you have to deal with.
“I want to bring in about three more players and that will make the squad as competitive as possible.
“Then there’s the youth team we won’t discount them. If you’re playing in the reserves you must want to play in the first team.”