Bristol City youngsters could be heading out on loan says head coach Sean O'Driscoll
Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll wants to send some of the club's brightest young players out on loan.
Joe Bryan, Wes Burns and Bobby Reid have all featured in the first team squad this season, but are unlikely to be used on a regular basis while the Robins mount a desperate fight for npower Championship survival.
If City succeed in signing midfielder Brian Howard in the next 24 hours, his arrival will spark a chain reaction which will see a number of youngsters loaned out to gain valuable first team experience.
O'Driscoll told The Post: "If we can get Brian in, then we can release one or two youngsters.
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"We've been really impressed with Bobby, Wes and Joe, but we could really do with getting them playing somewhere.
If they are going to be the long-term future of the football club, then the more experience they get playing games, the better.
"A couple of clubs have asked about them and, if we can get them out, then great."
Bryan, Burns and Reid have all come through City's Academy system and represent the future of the club.
City are currently £41m in debt and, with the onset of Financial Fair Play, are under pressure to cut costs and develop their own youngsters.
O'Driscoll said: "There are no ifs, buts and maybes, these players will be the future of the club. Given the way the football club is going to evolve, we will use them.
"The days have gone where the club is going to spend big transfer fees and big wages. They just cannot afford it any more.
"That means we have to develop our young players to add to the squad and these young lads will definitely be a part of it."