JASON Lee has challenged his young defenders to prove they’re good enough for a place in the Pilgrims’ first-team squad.
Travis Munn and youth team products Jason Field (above) and Lewis Sturman have all played a big part in pre-season as the former Nottingham Forest forward wants to evaluate their progress.
But whether they are ready or not for Blue Square Bet North football is, Lee says, up to them to prove.
He told The Standard: “It’s up to them, the carrot is there.
“I’m having a look at them to see if they are good back up to (full backs) Gareth Jelleyman and Conor Marshall.
“Will they be able to come in? I need those answers right now, we need to have a look at that situation.”
Field, 19, has made three first-team appearances, two in the Lincs Senior Shield and one in the league, against Blyth Spartans.
Nineteen-year-old Sturman – who has been on trial with Norwich City – was given a run-out in the Lincs Senior Shield final last season, while Munn, 18, is yet to make a first-team appearance.
Lee added: “It could save us a few quid instead of getting bodies in on loan.
“I want people to progress from the youth team to the reserves to the first teams.
“So far they’ve equipped themselves well.”