London Lions will have a newly created Under 21 side competing in a new Southern Amateur U-21 League this season.
The team will provide the bridge between Watford Friendly League football in the Under 18s and competitive men’s football and will develop players on their journey as they aim to become first team players of the future.
The league is in an experimental phase with 5 teams playing eight games initially, which allows players to continue to play in their ‘regular’ sides but offers a good standard of football to develop with the league consisting of Corinthian Casuals, Wapping, Somers Town and Old Parkonians as well as Lions.
The team will be managed by Dan Jacobs with Nathan Kosky. Lorenc Dedja will be the team’s coach.
Jacobs said: ‘Nathan and I have been involved within the men’s section of Lions for many seasons, so this is about sharing that experience and helping our younger players make the jump into men’s football with that tougher level of challenge.
‘Andy Landesberg has shown he is not scared to throw younger players into the first team, and we hope we can give a platform for the next generation to make their transition and show they have what it takes.
‘We hope to have a mix of players, some of whom are still playing at Under 18s and others who have already experienced men’s football, but all will benefit from these games.’