Steve Coppell has backed the scouting system that some Football League clubs have in place with regards to non-league and believes that there are more players unfounded.
Coppell believes that it is correct to focus on non-league as a potential way of signing young players who have been released from academies. The 56 year old also stated that with the financial backing most clubs have, it gets easier to sign players at non-league level for good amounts of money that help the non-league sides.
‘I would say that more and more you are reading about players that have come from non-league to be successful. Given the finances of a lot of clubs now, they really do scout the lower leagues as well and if a player does well, then they will soon progress into professional football.
“Look at some of the players in the Premier League. There is now a well-trodden path from non-league into top professional football. I think it’s still a hot-bed of development for young players’, Coppell said.
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