The Rules - At U18's there is no roll on roll off for subs, we can use 3 subs from 5. I can name 16 players on the match card (11 players, 5 subs) but can only use 3 subs.
Gents - with 20 players (& Ciaran) this season it is going to be very difficult accommodating all of you into an 11-man team. Whilst I fully understand and appreciate that you are disappointed to be either omitted from the match squad, starting as a sub or are substituted during a match - negative comment will not benefit anyone. You are all young adults and are able to look around the team and see who is either playing well, working hard in training, fitter than you or is doing a good job for the team. Hopefully, this will help you accept the tough decisions that I am going to have to make.
There have been a number of occasions when the numbers attending training have been low - it is important that you let me know beforehand if you are unable to attend so that I can take this into consideration. There have also been players not available for matches this season and this will also be taken into consideration - please let me know any reasons for your not being able to play.
Your response to these situations is also important. I am happy to discuss any concerns that you may have about team selection and will let you know my reasoning where appropriate to do so.