Dean Greygoose is ready to turn to the youngsters for the biggest game in Mildenhall Town's history.
The Bostik One North side travel to Northern Premier Lancaster City in the third and final qualifying round of the FA Trophy still nursing an injury list of at least six key players.
He hopes to have at least one new signing in place, but for a man who played at Crewe during the days of Dario Gradi's famed academy, giving young talent a chance to shine is no big deal.
"Our injury crisis hasn't healed a whole lot – we played on Tuesday night and had nine first team players out," said manager Greygoose. "We should hopefully have three of them back, but it's still six big characters we're missing.
"We gave three reserve team players their debuts and we could have four U18s in the squad for the biggest game in our history. But we've got some great young players and throwing them in doesn't bother me.
"If they're good enough they're old enough. Just like when I was at Crewe, it's a big part of what we do. We're talking to two potential signings and may have one ready for Saturday, but it leaves little time for them to gel."
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