Last Updated: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:59
Manager Darren Ferguson has stressed the importance of Peterborough's youth system after naming two 16-year-olds on the bench at the weekend.
Striker Jaanai Gordon-Hutton and midfielder Jermaine Anderson were among the substitutes against Blackburn on Saturday evening, with the latter coming on for his debut for the final 13 minutes of the 4-1 defeat at London Road.
With Nathaniel Mendez-Laing having been shipped out on loan to Portsmouth and Emile Sinclair and Tyrone Barnett, who is also set to leave Posh on loan in the near future, also transfer-listed following a breach of club discipline, Ferguson accepts he will be more reliant on young players if he is unable to make any loan signings.
"We have to bring players through the youth ranks now and that's an area we have to improve," Ferguson told the media after the Blackburn defeat. "Jermaine has impressed me in training. I rate the boy which is why I sent him on.
"We used to get our good players from non-league football but when you see Leicester spending over a million pounds on Jamie Vardy you realise that avenue is now difficult for us.
"But we will have to see what happens with Tyrone before I think about getting anyone in on loan."
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