EFL Trophy: The rules regarding players for this season only

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‘EFL trophy format for this season only’

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey says the rules about clubs playing a certain number of first team players in their EFL Trophy games are only in place for this season.

Sunderland first team coach Robbie Stockdale is delighted to have their U-23 side in the competition but Hartlepool boss Craig Hignett is unhappy about having to field a certain number of players from his first team squad.

You can watch the full feature on Football Focus from 12:00 BST on Saturday October 8 on BBC One.

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