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Kevin Nolan has urged Premier League academy prospects to consider making switches to Football League teams, where they can get first-team action in challenging environments rather than remain in the "no-pressure" environment academies. The Notts County manager recruited a number of top-flight youngsters on loan in January, as Arsenal's Marc Bola, Hull City's Josh Clackstone and West Bromwich Albion's Tahvon Campbell switched to Meadow Lane. Bola has already spoken of how he is improving as a player on loan at Notts, and Nolan has echoed his sentiments, adding that the failure of Under-23 teams to get "anywhere near the final" of the Checkatrade Trophy is proof that their young players are not prepared for competitive action. Nolan told the Nottingham Post: "It's been shown in the Checkatrade Trophy that no Under-23s team has got anywhere near the final. When it's come down to it, they just haven't been prepared for it. "I am not knocking academy football, but there's no pressure. We've got Marc Bola who, if he makes a mistake in an academy game, then it's okay don't worry about it. But if he makes a mistake here it could mean the difference between three points or not. "He's relishing it and done really well. He's got a great head on his shoulders." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
Josh Clackstone says he is happy to be getting first-team football at Notts County and hopes that the experience, as well as the help from older players, will benefit him when he returns to parent club Hull City. The 20-year-old full-back has impressed since his January loan move to Meadow Lane, putting in a good performance in Saturday's goalless draw with Yeovil Town. "They [Hull] wanted me to get games in the league and get used to first team football because I wasn't getting that back at Hull," Clackstone told the Nottingham Post. "You want to play regardless of where it is and the fact that it's at a club like Notts County makes it even better. I think there is a massive difference from playing in academy teams and first teams. "It means something. You are playing against more experienced players so you learn a lot more. There's a lot of experienced players here too and they are helping the young lads develop. "This can only help me when I go back to Hull. They can see I've played in the league and hopefully I will get a shot there. "I have got used to the way (Notts) play and the game plan, Saturday was my best game so far. "It's really good, we have a great bunch of lads and we know what we need to do. We want to stay up and all the lads are heading in the right direction if we keep clean sheets and put points on the board. "We are getting more consistent in how we play. We just need to keep going, keep getting more points and get to safety sooner rather than later." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and having a chat with our community.