Date: 31st August 2018 at 2:00pm
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Yesterday Southampton confirmed that young duo Jake Hesketh and Jake Flannigan had both penned short-term deals out with League One side Burton Albion.

The Brewer’s have certainly been punching above their weight in recent years as the moved from the non-league setup into the Championship, but they suffered relegation in 2017/18 to return to League One level.

Winger Hesketh and midfielder Flannigan (both 22-year-old’s) should give them options as they look to steady themselves again this season before making another push and given their own talents they should certainly be hoping for good game time if they get their heads down and work hard under Nigel Clough.

The loans are only until January and then we can reassess how our Academy graduates are doing as if they’ve done well, Burton should certainly want them back or we may decide to see how they step up to the Championship level possibly?

This will be both lads’ first experience of life away from Staplewood so in many ways its win, win as even a bad experience will bring them on, but I’m sure it won’t be. Shame to see some negative comments on social media, but that appears to be the world we live in now as I fail to see how you can criticise the decision to get them out for real game time and experience to aid their developments.


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